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Gibson a doubt for season opener

12 August 2013 17:40

Midfielder Darron Gibson is a doubt for Everton's first league game after picking up a knee injury in their friendly on Sunday.

The 25-year-old hobbled off the field just before half-time in the 2-1 win over Real Betis, which came courtesy of a Nikica Jelavic strike and a Stephan Andersen own goal.

But with the season opener against Norwich City just a week away, new manager Roberto Martinez has confirmed that Gibson may not be available.

"Darron is the only negative (from the game)," the Spaniard told the club's official website.

"We have been quite fortunate in the pre-season not to pick up too many knocks and bruises but Darron opened his knee slightly and has a grade one ligament problem.

"We will have to assess it over the next 48 hours and we’ll have a clear idea of where he is."

The Republic of Ireland international has been a regular fixture for the Premier League side since joining last year - starting 22 games - and he is not Martinez's only worry.

The 40-year-old will also be without summer signing Antolin Alcaraz, with the Paraguay international suffering with a hamstring problem.

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