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Coleman's fitness boost for O'Neill and Martinez

SEAMUS Coleman has delivered some good news to Everton and Ireland fans as the defender could be fit for the start of the Premier League campaign on Saturday.

The Donegal lad was a cause for worry at Everton, with Ireland boss martin O'Neill also concerned about his fitness ahead of the first game of the Euro 2016 qualifiers in 24 days' time, having picked up a hamstring injury in pre-season with the Toffees which forced him to miss their last three friendly games.

But Coleman, along with fellow injury victims Kevin Mirallas and Romoleu Lukaku all took part in training yesterday and they all stand a chance of featuring against Leicester City.

"We need to assess how they are and how they go through the week before any decisions are made on Saturday," says manager Roberto Martinez.

"It's really good to see Rom and Kevin reaching a really good level of fitness so quickly, but we don't know yet if they're going to be ready for the weekend.

"Seamus is training with the team and had the 'all okay' from a scan on Monday, so that's very good news as well."


Coleman, who captained the Irish side in the second-last game of the World Cup qualifying campaign, will be a key figure for the Republic in the Euro 2016 qualifiers and started in four of the first five games played under new boss Martin O'Neill. He missed the last two games of Ireland's summer programme, against Costa Rica and Portugal as O'Neill had excused him from the US leg of that trip but the Ireland boss hopes to have Coleman in at right back for the friendly at home to Oman and the qualifier away to Georgia.

Darron Gibson, who has not played a competitive game since he suffered a knee injury against Kazakhstan in October, is also back to fitness.