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Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill during the squad announcement ahead of their '3' International Friendly against Serbia on the 5th of March. Picture: Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile.

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill during the squad announcement ahead of their '3' International Friendly against Serbia on the 5th of March. Picture: Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile.

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill during the squad announcement ahead of their '3' International Friendly against Serbia on the 5th of March. Picture: Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile.

IN WHAT is a major boost for Ireland manager Martin O'Neill (pictured) as he prepares to name his squad tomorrow for the forthcoming Euro 2016 qualifier away to Georgia, Séamus Coleman will be fit to start for Everton in their next Premier League game, Toffees boss Roberto Martinez has confirmed.

There were concerns among Everton and Ireland fans when the Donegal man was not in the starting XI for the club's season opener against Leicester City last weekend but Martinez has allayed those fears.

"Séamus was fully fit from a medical point of view on Saturday and that was a real boost," said the Goodison Park chief, hoping to have Coleman in the side for Saturday's clash with Arsenal.

"He has been working really well, and he was desperate to be part of the squad on Saturday. I think now it's fair to say that he's considered fully fit and ready to join the group and help the team in any game."

But Darron Gibson, who has not played a competitive game since he suffered a knee injury while on World Cup duty with Ireland against Kazakhstan last October, still has work to do. "Darron is working really well and is building some better fitness levels. We need to make sure after a long spell on the sidelines that all the work we are doing is allowing him to be fully fit," added Martinez.

"It's going to be a very, very busy period in September and everything is working towards that month where Darron can be fully fit and he can have a really good period on the pitch, so it's not a problem at all with Darron."

With Ross Barkley sidelined for the foreseeable future, Gibson could be a key figure for Everton as Martinez patches up his midfield.

Former Derry City star Paddy McCourt is back on the club scene in England after he secured a one-year deal with Brighton.

Released by Barnsley following their relegation to League One last season, McCourt had been linked with a move to the USA while he also went on trial with a number of clubs in England.

But after a successful trial period with Brighton, Seagulls boss Sami Hyypia was convinced of the player's ability and McCourt was signed up, the Northern Ireland international put straight into the squad for last night's league game away to Leeds United.


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