DERRY’s Darron Gibson feared his professional football career was over after suffering a debilitating knee injury last season.
The 27-year-old Hazelbank man missed most of Everton’s 2013/14 campaign with Cruciate Ligament damage he sustained while playing for the Republic of Ireland.
When he finally returned to the Everton side last September he was sidelined with another knee injury before Christmas which kept him out of action until earlier this month.
The former Manchester United midfielder has now made back-to-back substitute appearances against Chelsea and Leicester City and he’s hoping his injury nightmare is now firmly behind him so he can look forward to kick-starting his career.
“This is the best I’ve felt since I got injured so, touch wood, that is me back now to where I was,” Gibson said. “The main thing is mentally.
“It has been tough for me and there was a stage when I didn’t think I was going to come back. Not recently, but I just couldn’t get rid of the pain but then suddenly the gym work was paying off and the pain disappeared.
“It feels good again. It has been frustrating for me over the last 18 months but my knee seems to be back to where it was before I got injured.
“So, touch wood, and I feel good again. I’m just happy to be back onto the pitch again and playing well. In a way you could say it is the start of my Everton career again.
“The lads who have been playing have been doing well so I’ve got a point to prove when I am playing well.
“At the start of the season when I was coming on, I probably wasn’t ready but I feel like I’m ready and fit again.”
It has been tough for me and there was a stage when I didn’t think I was going to come back.Darron Gibson
Gibson was introduced 10 minutes into the second-half against Leicester in a Sky Sports televised match last Sunday and he was happy with his contribution.
“I thought I made an impact on the game when I came on and even though the result didn’t go our way, I was happy enough with how I played when I came on,” he concluded.