Saturday 1 October 2016

Coleman, McCarthy set to return

Published 19/01/2016 | 02:30

Everton announce that Ireland duo James McCarthy and Seamus Coleman are likely to be fit for their clash with Manchester City. Photo: Nigel Roddis/Getty Images
Everton announce that Ireland duo James McCarthy and Seamus Coleman are likely to be fit for their clash with Manchester City. Photo: Nigel Roddis/Getty Images

Everton have been given a major boost ahead of next week's League Cup semi-final second leg at Manchester City, with Ireland duo James McCarthy and Seamus Coleman likely to be fit.

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McCarthy has played just once in the last eight weeks because of a groin problem while Coleman was injured in the first leg on January 6 - which Everton won 2-1 - and was expected to be out for three to four weeks.

"James and Seamus are both progressing really well and I expect those two to be back in the squad after this full week," said manager Roberto Martinez.

Neither are likely to be risked for Sunday's visit of Swansea.

Midfielder Tom Cleverley is also set for an outing against the Swans after being an unused substitute at Stamford Bridge.

Everton have missed out on the signing of Leeds defender Sam Byram, who has been lured to West Ham with the promise of first team football

Striker Steven Naismith looks to be on his way out of Goodison Park after travelling to Norwich for a medical ahead of a £8.5m move.

Irish Independent

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