Everton defender Tony Hibbert insists he is prepared to play wherever he is needed as the Toffees‘ injury woes continue to mount.
The Toffees have seen their senior squad decimated of late, with a number of key men picking up untimely knocks.
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They have battled bravely in the face of such adversity, but David Moyes’ managerial credentials are being pushed to the limit.
With so many players out the experienced Scot has been forced to shuffle his pack on a regular basis in order to send a competitive starting XI into battle.
Moyes is likely to tinker again on Sunday when the Toffees play host Tottenham, but Hibbert, who has been operating at centre-half of late, insists everyone in the Goodison Park camp is happy to do their bit to help ease the manager’s selection dilemmas.
“I don’t know the extent of the injuries we have, but I’m happy to answer the call for Everton in any position,” said the full-back.
“Tottenham have been scoring goals for fun this season. It will be a challenge. They have got a phenomenal squad right now. After all, teams in the Premier League are getting stronger and stronger, so we know what to expect.”
Australian international Tim Cahill is also willing to take on extra responsibility over the coming weeks in an effort to keep Everton afloat.
He saw the Toffees lose three more players to knocks during Wednesday’s 1-0 Europa League win over AEK Athens, but insists the ongoing problems have only served to bond Moyes’ men closer together.
“Seeing (Sylvain) Distin go off early, and then (Dan) Gosling and Jo, you start thinking if everything is against you, but everyone stepped up and it was a massive win because of that,” Cahill said in the Daily Mirror.
“We’ve got more problems but we have got to all pull together now to come through this.
“The injuries are unfortunate but we have shown incredible fighting spirit to have got the victory in Athens and go through to the next round of the Europa League.
“What we have is that extra spirit and hunger, and I think we have shown what we can do when people write us off.”