Everton midfielder Darron Gibson has expressed his relief at making his return from injury against Arsenal on Wednesday, November 28.
The Republic of Ireland international had been out of action for three months with a thigh injury and played 73 minutes in the Toffees' 1-1 draw with the Gunners at Goodison Park
"It was nice to be back. It's been a long time coming," Gibson told Everton TV. "It was a bit frustrating not to play the full 90 minutes but I think it will work out better in the long run. I came off with a knock to my foot, but it's ok and I will be all right for Saturday (against Manchester City)."
He continued: "I think we were unlucky (against Arsenal). We didn't have the best start to the game but once we got settled, we created chances and just didn't take them.
"It was nice (to receive a standing ovation). I've been getting it for 12 weeks on Twitter, with fans asking when I was going to be back, so it was nice to hear them cheer."
The 25-year-old former Manchester United midfielder also believes that Everton will 'do all right' in their upcoming fixture against Manchester City if they manage to take some of the chances that they are creating.
He said: "We've got a tough run of games coming up but I think we're playing well. Like I said, we are creating chances and if we can keep everyone fit and keep playing how we're playing, we will do all right."
Everton face Premier League champions Manchester City at the City of Manchester Stadium on Saturday December 1.