The Republic of Ireland midfielder played the second half of Everton's 2-2 friendly draw at Tranmere Rovers.
The Derry man suffered an anterior cruciate injury in the Republic of Ireland’s 3-1 win over Kazakhstan last October.
Seamus Coleman also played last night.
The Killybegs man was taken off in the second half as a precaution, having felt a tightness in his hamstring.
Toffees boss Roberto Martinez believes Gibson can play a pivotal role for his side this season.