Everton midfielder Darron Gibson is likely to require surgery at the end of the season to fix a troublesome thigh problem, according to manager David Moyes.
The 25-year-old missed nearly three months from September with the injury and he sat out almost all January and although he has returned to the starting line-up on a regular basis he is still hampered.
Gibson scored from long-range in Saturday's 2-0 win over QPR and Moyes would like to see him do it more frequently but believes it is not possible currently. "After the game on Saturday, I was asked about Darron Gibson's goal and his shot - I think he could do it more and with more ferocity as well because he's got a great shot on him," said the Scot.
"He has got a bit of a problem at the top of his thigh which will probably require an operation at the end of the season."
Despite not being 100 per cent Gibson has added a different dimension to Everton's midfield with his vision and distribution.
"What he has given us is that he is good on the ball and he has a better range of passing than maybe some of the other midfielders we have," added Moyes.
"I think overall he has had an impact. He had a bit of a dip midway through after he came back from his injury but his form is good right now."