Newcastle United midfielder Gael Bigirimana hopes to see action next week against Everton.

Bigirimana is ready for the challenge that lies in wait.

He told the Evening Chronicle: "I know things are going well, but there will be hard times, and I love going through hard times.

"That's a test of character. I'm just blessed with good people around me." Bigirimana must wait to see if he gets a chance against Everton next Monday night."