Coleman boost as Ireland captain back in training with club

Seamus Coleman is pictured back in training with Everton yesterday.

Aidan Fitzmaurice

It won't affect his plans for next month's double header against Georgia and Serbia, but Martin O'Neill will be encouraged by the sight of Seamus Coleman back in training with his club.

Coleman is still recovering from the broken leg he suffered while on international duty at home to Wales in March, and he is unlikely to play again this calendar year.

But Everton revealed that the Ireland captain was able to move up a level in his rehab.

"Seamus Coleman has stepped up his rehabilitation from a broken leg by working outdoors at USM Finch Farm," the club said last night.

"The defender went through running exercises with club medical staff at the Blues' training ground as he continues his recovery."

Meanwhile, Darron Gibson has earned praise for his display for Sunderland in their League Cup win over Bury.

Gibson's future at the club was in doubt after footage emerged online of the Derry man in an expletive-filled rant about the Black Cats, Gibson claiming that the team were "sh*t" and that certain players did not care.

But boss Simon Grayson was happy with the midfielder this week.

"I was pleased with Darron in the midfield area," said Grayson.

"Darron answered a few questions, maybe a few will have wondered why he was in the team and I thought he put on a performance."