Gibson injury blow

Friendly International 2/3/2010'Republic of Ireland 'Darron Gibson'Mandatory Credit �INPHO/Donall Farmer *** Local Caption ***

Friendly International 2/3/2010'Republic of Ireland 'Darron Gibson'Mandatory Credit �INPHO/Donall Farmer *** Local Caption ***

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DARRON Gibson could miss the rest of the Premier League season after tearing his cruciate on international duty at the Aviva Stadium last night.

The Hazelbank man landed awkwardly during the first half of the Republic of Ireland’s World Cup qualifier win against Kazakhstan and was carried off the pitch on a stretcher.

Gibson, had just returned to the Republic squad following his self-imposed exile after the departure of former boss, Giovanni Trapattoni for the final two qualifiers against Germany and Kazakhstan.

The midfielder was comforted by Everton manager, Roberto Martinez in the Ireland dressing room at half-time and the Spaniard will certainly be frustrated with the news as Gibson had recently returned to action for the Goodison Park club after recovering from the knee injury which ruled him out of the start of the season.

At a press conference this morning, Republic of Ireland caretaker boss, Noel King confirmed the results of the scan.

“It could be difficult for him to get back this season,” said King. “It’s not going to be easy for him to come back this season. I feel very bad for him.

“He’s a fine talent and one of the players Ireland could build around.”