Thursday 8 December 2016

Darron Gibson called into Ireland squad but it's not looking so good for Seamus Coleman

Published 04/10/2015 | 17:42

Darron Gibson has been called into the Ireland team following injury
Darron Gibson has been called into the Ireland team following injury

Darron Gibson was today called into the Republic of Ireland squad for the UEFA 2016 European Championship qualifying matches against Germany and Poland.

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The Everton midfielder returns to the full squad following injury. Gibson has been capped 25 times for the senior international team. The 27-year-old was an unused substitute at Goodison Park in the 1-1 draw with Liverpool today, in the Merseyside Derby.

Everton battled hard to earn a 1-1 draw with Liverpool but they had to do so without Seamus Coleman, who was once again absent as he recovers from a hamstring injury.

The Donegal man is now a major doubt for Ireland's Euro 2016 qualifiers against Germany and Poland this week, with Everton boss Roberto Martinez saying he is unlikely to recover in time for the games.

Scotland's James Morrison (left) and Republic of Ireland's Seamus Coleman in action during the UEFA European Championship Qualifying match at the Aviva Stadium
Scotland's James Morrison (left) and Republic of Ireland's Seamus Coleman in action during the UEFA European Championship Qualifying match at the Aviva Stadium

"Seamus was desperate to play today and desperate to play for Ireland but medically he wasn't ready," Martinez said to Off The Ball on Newstalk.

"I don't know how long it is going to take. I doubt it will be two or three days and he will be fine. I think it is going to be a bit longer than that. We are going to work with Ireland and hopefully get Seamus on the pitch as quick as we can."

Martin O'Neill will be hoping for a fitness miracle as Coleman is an integral part of the Irish team who will guarantee themselves at least a playoff spot with a win in either of their remaining qualifiers.

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