Hibbert: I'll be back
By Alex Dunn
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Everton full back Tony Hibbert has vowed to reclaim his starting place.Everton full back Tony Hibbert has vowed to reclaim his starting place having been left out of Saturday's defeat to Wigan.
Hibbert was a model of consistency last season as Everton qualified for the UEFA Champions League but this term, along with his team-mates, he has struggled to recapture such form.
Toffees boss David Moyes elected to move the versatile Phil Neville to right back at the weekend, leaving Hibbert to ponder on what has been a miserable campaign thus far.
Hibbert has vowed to win back his place and is determined to make the right kind of impression as Everton look to work their way up The Premiership table.
''You know that you can always try to improve and do better," said Hibbert.
"But every player obviously enjoys playing more games, which is what we will start doing if we just keep together and keep trying to play our football.
"The fans know how it is and they have seen what's been going on.
"The ones I speak to say the same as we do - keep at it and keep working hard.
"Every game is tough in The Premiership. In all honesty we were expected to beat Portsmouth but we didn't. This run of fixtures we've got looks tough but we will be taking them one at a time.
"The determination has been there all the time. People suggested that we wouldn't stay the distance last season but we did. Now they are saying it was a one off and we are determined to prove that it's not.''
Meanwhile, Lee Carsley has handed Everton a boost by returning to training.
Carsley has yet to feature for Everton this season after picking up a knee injury in pre-season, but he is hoping to make a return to action against Dinamo Bucharest on Thursday.
James Beattie could also make a shock return on Thursday after a lengthy lay-off with a toe problem.