Jags Feels Gibson's Frustration
Skipper to draw on his own experience to help injured midfielder.
Phil Jagielka says he knows exactly what Darron Gibson is going through and will draw on previous personal experiences to help his teammate recover from his cruciate ligament injury.
The midfielder faces a long period of rehabilitation after suffering the setback while on international duty for Republic of Ireland in midweek against Kazakhstan.
Roberto Martinez yesterday said the football club would do all in its power to ensure Gibson returns not only a better footballer but mentally stronger for the experience.
And Jagielka, who suffered a similar injury in April 2009, has revealed he will be helping the 25-year-old along the way in his responsibility as Club captain.
He told evertontv: “It’s never nice first of all to hear your teammate has got injured and then see the footage. I pretty much had the same injury myself and speaking to Gibbo I know the feelings he is going through; the shock of realising something isn’t right, which normally indicates it’s the big injury that he has done.
“At the moment there is nothing much he can do – he has to let the swelling go out of the way, have the operation and then crack on from there.
“He’s going to be a massive miss because he was a fantastic player for us last season when he was fit. We are going to miss him but all the boys are going to support him as much as they can.
“Hopefully we can keep his spirits up and it will be nice to see him back in an Everton shirt as soon as possible.”
Jagielka’s ruptured knee ligament prevented him playing in the 2009 FA Cup final defeat to Chelsea.
The England man made his comeback the following February and has missed just a handful of games since.
Jagielka admits the period on the sidelines was mentally challenging – but he says Gibson has got the temperament to deal with such frustration.
The centre-half continued: “You feel sorry for yourself at first. You are annoyed at the people that are closest around you, but that’s just part and parcel of wanting to play.
“Gibbo is a massive competitor – whether he is playing table tennis or five-a-side on the training ground. He is desperate to play and win at sports, so the hardest part will be coming to watch games and seeing the lads hopefully doing well.
“He’s a strong boy and I’m sure he will come back physically and mentally stronger.”
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