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Gibson 'Touch-And-Go' For Saturday

Midfielder battling knee injury in race to be fit for Norwich.

Gibson 'Touch-And-Go' For Saturday
Darron Gibson

Roberto Martinez says Darron Gibson is 'touch-and-go' to be fit for Saturday's game at Norwich.

Gibson suffered a knee injury against Real Betis on Sunday and will receive treatment this week in the hope that he is able to feature against the Canaries in this weekend's Premier League curtain raiser at Carrow Road.

Martinez told evertonfc.com: "He is going to be touch-and-go for Saturday.

"He has got a little bit of a strain in his right knee. It’s something he picked up in the warm-up and he tried to run it off and get through the game but he couldn’t.

"Knowing Darron, maybe he has got a chance for Saturday but it’s a little bit of a concern because he will need treatment and we’ll see how that knee reacts over the next 48 to 72 hours."

Although hopeful that the former Manchester United man will be passed fit to face Chris Hughton's side, Martinez admits it would be a setback to lose such an influential player.

"Darron's a special footballer," he continued. "What he brings to the team is quite unique and I think he is one of those players that is at the perfect moment of his career. He’s ready to take a big role at Everton.

"To miss any player at this stage of the season would be a real blow. He has been working over 60 to 70 hours and then if we lose him a few days before the start of the season it would be a big disappointment, but we hope that Darron can recover very quickly."

Martinez also revealed that Saturday's match is likely to come too soon for injured trio Tony Hibbert, Antolin Alcaraz and Magaye Gueye.

He explained: "Tony is recovering really well. I don’t think he will be too far away but Saturday is a little bit too early. I don’t expect him to go too much longer without being available to join the group.

"Antolin Alcaraz is probably two weeks away from being back with the full group. Both are progressing well behind the scenes and the same can be said about Magaye [Gueye]. He has been working hard in the last two to three weeks."

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