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Martinez: Coleman to return for Tottenham clash


Everton's Seamus Coleman. Picture credit: Darren Staples / REUTERS

Everton's Seamus Coleman. Picture credit: Darren Staples / REUTERS

Everton's Seamus Coleman. Picture credit: Darren Staples / REUTERS

EVERTON boss Roberto Martinez has confirmed that Ireland star Séamus Coleman will again be sidelined for Saturday's clash with Aston Villa, but he hopes that the defender will be fit to face Tottenham next week.

Coleman was badly missed in defence by the Toffees in Tuesday's 4-0 hammering by Liverpool but Toffees fans will have to wait for the Donegal man to make his comeback from injury, with Sylvain Distin also ruled out.

"Séamus Coleman is a little too early for the weekend and Sylvain is in a similar situation," Martinez said. "Along with Gerard Deulofeu, they should be available for the first game after Villa."

Meanwhile, new loan signing Lacina Traore rejected West Ham in favour of Everton as he preferred Martinez's style of play.

The Hammers were in pole position for the 6ft 8in Ivory Coast international after securing a work permit ahead of a move from Monaco.

But Everton came in with a late bid and having assessed both clubs' football and position in the Premier League Traore opted for Goodison Park.

"It was quite close but Everton was my choice," said the striker.

"I looked at the styles of play of the two teams we are talking about and the way in which Everton play is more of a passing side and the style of Everton suited my technical ability.

"There were other clubs interested in me at the beginning but I knew Everton had a good possibility of getting into European football next season. I am pleased I have made this choice and I am standing by my choice of this club."

Martinez insists despite Traore's size he is much more than a target man. He said: "He is a very hungry footballer which, at this stage of the season, is very important.

"His size will give you the wrong impression of the way he is as a footballer. He is technically very gifted, he has a real understanding of the space and combination play around him and is really quick with his penetrating runs, he is a real athlete."

Traore is still possibly a fortnight away from fitness after arriving with a hamstring injury but Martinez hopes he will be able to help fill the void left by Romelu Lukaku who has been ruled out for several weeks with an ankle problem.