Everton star Gibson out of action for a month after suffering thigh strain
14:33 GMT, 31 December 2012
Everton midfielder Darron Gibson will be out of action for at least a month after suffering a thigh strain.
The Irishman will miss the Merseysiders’ fixtures against Newcastle, Swansea, Southampton and West Brom in January.
Everton manager David Moyes said: 'I think he's going to be out for about four weeks.
Gibson should be back in time for the clash against former club Manchester United on February 10.
Injured: Gibson will be out for at least a month
The 25-year-old spent more than two months on the sidelines earlier in the season with a similar problem.
He missed 10 Barclays Premier League matches as a result and a further absence is a significant blow to Everton as he has been one of their key players since arriving in January.
Moyes still has Kevin Mirallas (hamstring), Tony Hibbert (calf) and Seamus Coleman out, while Phil Neville (knee) had to be rested against Chelsea having played two matches in five days on his comeback from surgery.