Everton’s Darron Gibson has suffered a knee injury which is likely to rule him out for the next few months however many media outlets are ruling him out for the remainder of the season.
[UPDATE – After writing this post initially earlier today, it was announced that Gibson is set for surgery on his interior cruciate ligament which will result in a lengthy lay-off]
Playing for the Republic of Ireland, the midfielder was stretchered off after damaging cruciate ligaments in his right knee. Gibson collapsed after being on the reciving end of a challenge and after treatment on the pitch was stretchered off several minutes later with his knee heavily bandaged.
Speaking about the injury, Republic of Ireland interim manager Noel King said
It wasn’t nice.
Darron Gibson had missed the start of Everton’s season with a knee problem and had only just returned to international duty. The Everton man had made himself unavailable for selection after being left on the bench by Giovanni Trappatoni during the Republic of Ireland’s Euro 2012 campaign. With Trappatoni no longer in charge of the Republic of Ireland team, Gibson had made the decision to return.
Gibson was assessed by the Everton medical staff upon his return after the FAI tweeted
“Darron Gibson has been assessed by our team doc and will return to his club for a scan with suspected knee ligament damage.”
The results confirmed that surgery would be required. A statement on the Everton site said
Gibson was stretchered off during the first half of the Republic of Ireland’s 3-1 win over Kazakhstan on Tuesday evening.
A subsequent scan showed he has damaged his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and the midfielder will require an operation.
The length of time the 25-year-old will be best determined once the surgery is completed.
However, the scans did confirm to Everton’s medical team that no additional damage was sustained to the structure of the right knee, ensuring all treatment and rehabilitation will be focussed on repairing the damaged ACL.