Monday 17 December 2018

Seamus Coleman in Everton squad for Premier League match against Leicester

Seamus Coleman. Photo: Tony McArdle/Getty
Seamus Coleman. Photo: Tony McArdle/Getty

Sam Allardyce has confirmed Ireland captain Seamus Coleman will be in the Everton squad for Wednesday's Premier League clash against Leicester.

The Republic of Ireland captain played 58 minutes for Everton Under-23s in a game against Portsmouth at Goodison Park last week, his first match since suffering a double fracture of the leg while representing his country against Wales in March 2017.

"Seamus is in the squad for Wednesday and it seems, hopefully, that from here on in, he can have an injury-free run until the end of the season," said Allardyce.

"He is a very important player. But, if and when he does play in the team, he needs time. He has been out an awful long time, as was the case with Yannick Bolasie [who was sidelined for 12 months with a knee injury before returning against West Bromwich Albion on St Stephen's Day].

"It was such a long period of time out that he cannot be expected to hit his top form immediately.

"But it is very important to have him back, and to have his influence not just as a player but as a person and a human being."

Allardyce also gave an upset on Coleman's Ireland team-mate James McCarthy who suffered a doubleleg break last week.

"James' operation went well," said Allardyce. "He is recuperating back in Glasgow. There is not an awful lot we can do with him just yet. Then we will bring him back and pick the right rehab programme for him – that may be away from the football club.

"There is a lot going on here day in, day out, so we might consider him getting his treatment somewhere else in Europe."

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