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Everton lose Gibson for a month

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Darron Gibson only faced Chelsea after Everton launched a successful appeal against the red card he received at West Ham © PA Photos

Everton manager David Moyes has revealed midfielder Darron Gibson faces a month on the sidelines with the thigh strain he suffered against Wigan on Boxing Day.

Gibson, only allowed to play against the Latics after Everton lodged what proved to be a successful appeal against the red card he received at West Ham, was replaced by Steven Naismith at half-time in the 2-1 home win.

The former Manchester United midfielder, who has started nine Premier League games this season due to injury, will now miss the games against Newcastle United, Swansea City, Southampton, West Bromwich Albion and the FA Cup trip to Cheltenham Town.

"I think he's going to be out for about four weeks,'' Moyes said.

Another injury is the last thing Moyes needed as he still has Kevin Mirallas (hamstring), Tony Hibbert (calf) and Seamus Coleman out, while Phil Neville (knee) had to be rested on Sunday having played two matches in five days on his comeback from surgery.

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