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Gibson Could Return

by Matthew Gamble @efc_mattgamble

Darron Gibson could return for Everton against Norwich.

The midfielder hasn't featured since the first day of September when he limped out of the 2-0 defeat at West Brom with a thigh problem.

But he played for the Under-21s on Sunday and could 'possibly' feature against the Canaries on Saturday, according to manager David Moyes.

Moyes also said Kevin Mirallas was improving but didn't reveal whether he would be able to play against Norwich.

Moyes said of Gibson: "He's coming on and doing okay. He had a game for the Under-21s last week so he's making some progress.

"We need everyone back. We've had a few injuries but it's the same for every club. We want everybody back, but you've got to get them back at the right time and when you think they're ready."

Asked if the Irish international could play on Saturday, he replied: "Possibly."

Mirallas was forced out of the 2-1 win over Sunderland two weeks ago with a hamstring strain.

"He's doing okay as well," said Moyes. "He's making some improvement and time helps improve it. We'll be hoping that he'll be okay."

The boss also indicated he would be making late fitness checks on several other injured parties, including Tony Hibbert and Victor Anichebe.

Marouane Fellaini is suspended after picking up his fifth yellow card of the season at Reading last weekend but Ross Barkley could be part of the squad after returning from a loan spell at Sheffield Wednesday.

Phil Neville remains sidelined after undergoing knee surgery last week.

 

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