Hibbert boost for Toffees
By Paul Higham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Hibbert missed the second half of the goalless draw against Manchester City at Goodison Park on Sunday after picking up an ankle problem.
It was thought to be a serious injury but tests have shown the young defender has a chance of making the Fratton Park clash.
"It is not as bad as we thought and he does have a chance for the weekend," said Moyes.
"He took a kick in the first half of Sunday's game. We thought he was going to be okay to start the second half but when he tried to put his boot back on, after applying ice to his foot, it was causing him problems.
"It meant we had to make a quick change but a lot of credit should go to Gary Naysmith, who switched over to right back, and Kevin Kilbane who went in at left back."
Moyes is struggling with defensive cover and may have to bring in Steve Watson as a replacement for Hibbert after the 29-year-old returned from a hernia operation.
More good news for The Toffees comes after goalkeeper Richard Wright underwent a successful operation on his troublesome knee injury.
The former Arsenal shot-stopper has not played since September due to the problem and had to seek the treatment of Dr Richard Steadman in America.
The operation has been a success though, and Wright could be back in the side in two months' time.