Wednesday 17 January 2018

Seamus Coleman in fitness race ahead of derby showdown

Seamus Coleman of Everton
Seamus Coleman of Everton
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

SEAMUS COLEMAN is still on the doubtful list ahead of Everton's Merseyside derby with Liverpool tomorrow.

The Ireland star missed the Toffees' back-to-back defeats to Crystal Palace and Swansea after picking up a head injury in their Europa League win over Wolfsburg last week.

And Ireland manager Martin O'Neill suggested on Tuesday that the Donegal man is also being troubled by a slight hamstring issue.

Everton manager Roberto Martinez said yesterday that there is no guarantee he will figure in the Anfield clash and O'Neill will be monitoring the situation, with the Gibraltar and Germany double header just a fortnight away.

Martinez grouped Coleman in with South African Steven Pienaar as he discussed his injury concerns, saying: "Both are in the same situation where it is too early to tell if they are going to be fit for the weekend.

"Steven is recovering really well and we're going to assess him over the next couple of days. It's the same with Seamus."

Darron Gibson is in contention after proving his well-being with a 90-minute showing in the League Cup reverse at Swansea.

"I consider Bryan Oviedo and Darron fully fit," said Martinez.

Another piece of good midfield news for O'Neill is that Jeff Hendrick is back training and on course for his scheduled return before the international window.

Hendrick, who has recovered from a dislocated shoulder, could feature for Derby in their Championship matches with Bournemouth and Millwall next week, according to manager Steve McClaren.

Irish Independent

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