Darren Gibson returns after nine month lay off

Darren Gibson 0714 bDarron Gibson played his first game in nine months last night.

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.