Sunderland and Ireland midfielder Darron Gibson suffers fresh injury woe

Thu, Jan 04 2018

Gibson had surgery on a groin problem while at Everton in 2016. Credit: Andy McDonnell

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Republic of Ireland midfielder Darron Gibson has suffered his latest injury setback as the luckless Derryman faces at least two months on the sidelines with a groin injury.

 

The former Manchester United player has been reborn at Sunderland under new manager Chris Coleman and has become a mainstay in the Welshman's midfield.

 

The 30-year-old has struggled with persistent groin injuries in the past and required surgery while at Everton a little over a year ago.

 

And the cultured midfielder could require another operation after suffering his latest setback, with a third specialist set to look at the injury in the coming days.

 

“It’s a big blow and tough one,” Coleman told the Black Cats' official website.

 

“We’re going to get one more opinion – we’ve had two – but we think it will be eight to ten weeks.

 

“There’s a little bit of doubt about whether it’s completely off the bone, so if it is it’ll be surgery, but if not we could get him back a little quicker.”

 

Gibson's Ireland teammate Aiden McGeady has emerged as a doubt for Saturday's FA Cup third round derby away to Middlesbrough.

 

The winger has been feeling the effects of a calf injury but continues to train with the first team and should be fit to face compatriots Cyrus Christie and Darren Randolph at the Riverside Stadium.