Last Updated: Wed, 14 Aug 2013 13:05
Everton midfielder Darron Gibson is 'touch and go' to be fit for the season-opener at Norwich on Saturday due to a knee injury.
The Republic of Ireland midfielder had to be substituted in the game against Real Betis last weekend due to the problem and he has been receiving treatment ever since.
Boss Roberto Martinez is keen to have the combative midfielder available for the trip to Carrow Road but he is also wary of causing long-term problems and if he is not fit he will not play.
Martinez told the Echo: "He is going to be touch-and-go for Saturday. He has got a little bit of a strain in his right knee. It's something he picked up in the warm-up and he tried to run it off and get through the game but he couldn't.
"Knowing Darron, maybe he has got a chance for Saturday but it's a little bit of a concern because he will need treatment and we'll see how that knee reacts over the next 48 to 72 hours."
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