Darron Gibson’s return to the Ireland fold will help Everton this season, according to Toffees manager Roberto Martinez.
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Gibson, 25, is set to make his first appearance for his country in 16 months when Ireland face a World Cup qualifier against Germany in Cologne on Friday evening.
The midfielder pulled out of the international scene after a fall-out with former Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni -- he had become frustrated after Trapattoni left him on the bench for all three matches at Euro 2012.
But with the Italian leaving his post in September as Ireland’s World Cup qualification hopes all but disappeared, Gibson has made himself available again.
And Everton boss Martinez feels that his club will benefit from the player’s decision.
Martinez told Everton’s official website: “It’s really positive because Darron -- and any player -- wants to represent their country.
"You want to play at the best level you can and I think Darron is at that moment in his career when he needs to play for his country.
“He has got a lot to offer because he is such a unique footballer in the things that he does and he’s going to be a big asset for the Irish squad.”
Gibson has only just returned to action at club level after missing the early part of the season with a knee injury.
He made his comeback by playing 69 minutes of the 2-1 Capital One Cup loss at Fulham on Sept. 24, and then featured for the final 27 minutes of Everton’s 3-1 Premier League defeat at Manchester City last Saturday.
And Martinez added: “For us, it’s important that he gets a little bit of consistency in his work because the injury has kept him away a little bit and it is frustrating for everyone.
“The half-an-hour he played at the Etihad [Stadium] is going to help him immensely and now it’s just about making sure he can get through the demands of international football and that we have got a strong player from now until the end of the season.”