Sunday 22 July 2018

Coleman in line to make first-team return for Leicester clash

Coleman: Nearly back to fitness Photo: PA
Coleman: Nearly back to fitness Photo: PA
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

Seamus Coleman will be included in Everton's matchday squad for tomorrow's Premier League meeting with Leicester.

Sam Allardyce confirmed that the Ireland captain had made good progress since coming through an hour of an U-23 meeting with Portsmouth last week.

It was initially anticipated that Coleman would continue to build towards a first-team return by playing another game as an overage player for David Unsworth's side.

But he was not included in the panel for last night's meeting with the Chelsea U-23 team after Allardyce said that the Donegal man could face Leicester.

He did still warn that it would take Coleman time to hit peak condition, and it is possible that the game will come too soon.

But Allardyce feels that the ex-Sligo Rovers man can get through the rest of the season unscathed as he bids to leave the pain of his broken leg in the past.

"He's training with us regularly and is in the squad for Wednesday now," said Allardyce, "It seems that, touch wood, hopefully from here on in he can have an injury-free run until the end of the season. He's a very important player as we know.

"If and when he does play he needs time, he's been out for an awful long time - he can't be expected to hit his top form immediately. But it's very important to have him back with his influence not just as a player but as a person."

Meanwhile, Allardyce indicated that Coleman's friend James McCarthy could take a trip to Europe as part of his rehabilitation from his leg break nightmare.

McCarthy is at the start of a long road and the Everton boss feels that a break from the club might benefit the Ireland midfielder.

"It (operation) went well," said Allardyce. "He's recuperating back in his hometown, Glasgow.

"There's not an awful lot we can do with him just yet. Just bring him back and pick the right rehab for him. That may well be away from the football club - maybe particular attention for James in one area in Europe might be something for us to consider."

At home, Bohemians have signed Dylan Watts on a six-month loan from Leicester. Watts went to the Foxes from UCD in 2016, but his only playing experience has come with their U-23 side.

Irish Independent

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