The soon to be 33-year-old full-back is out-of-contract at the end of the season, but he has barely featured under Roberto Martinez this term with Seamus Coleman in imperious form and the emergence of youngster John Stones.

Hibbert has not started a league game since December 2012, but Martinez insists that the veteran offers a huge amount to the club off-the-pitch.

"At the moment it's been a frustrating season for Tony because of his injury problems which have stopped him competing for his place. John Stones and Seamus have taken advantage of being fully fit and have played games.