Hibbo's Well-Timed Return
Defender ready to test himself against big name opposition.
Tony Hibbert is delighted to be back in the Everton side - just as the Blues embark on a sequence of high-profile fixtures.
The defender ended a frustrating two-month period on the sidelines by helping his side to a 1-1 draw against Arsenal on Wednesday.
A groin injury had kept the full-back out of action since the home match against Newcastle in mid-September.
After impressing against the Gunners, Hibbert now wants to help keep Manchester City and Spurs at bay as Everton seek to remain in the upper echelons of the Premier League.
“I picked the easy game,” the 30-year-old joked on evertontv.
“I have had a long lay-off. The injury was niggling and kept coming back so I eventually got it sorted and I am happy to be back.
“It’s been frustrating and I don’t think any footballer likes to be sat in the stands and watching the team, so it was just good to get back out there.”
City are the next opponents on Saturday afternoon as the Blues commence a busy period of six matches within the space of a month.
Roberto Mancini’s side are unbeaten in 36 Premier League home matches, dating back almost two years to 20 December 2010.
However, Hibbert refuses to be daunted by those statistics, instead taking encouragement from the fact that Everton were the last team to beat the reigning Premier League Champions on their home patch.
“The big teams are who you want to play against and the lads look forward to this game every season. The bigger the team the better,” Hibbert said.
“The character we have shown over the years is really blossoming and we are taking games by the scruff of the neck.
“It’s been like that all season. That’s more or less how we started. Teams are expecting us to play good football and the fans are happy with that.”
Blues fans can now pick up the perfect Christmas gift with 2012/13 Half Season Tickets now on sale.
Prices start at just £50 for kids under the age of 11, whilst junior Blues can secure their seat from only £99. Adults can catch all the action from the second half of the Premier League campaign from £289.
Half Season Tickets are available to buy from the Box Office at Goodison Park and Everton Two in Liverpool One. Alternatively, supporters can purchase online by clicking here.