Sunday 23 October 2016

Boost for Ireland as Darron Gibson ready for Everton return but anxious wait on Coleman

Darron Gibson
Darron Gibson

Séamus Coleman's return from injury with Everton may have to wait as the Ireland defender could miss out on tonight's League Cup meeting with Reading.

But team-mate Darron Gibson is in line to feature for the Toffees in what would be his first competitive appearance since last April.

Coleman is a concern for his managers with club and country after he picked up a hamstring injury during Everton's win over Chelsea two weeks ago.

Martinez had hoped to ease Coleman back into the side tonight but, speaking ahead of the Reading tie, he was unsure about the player's fitness.

"We are not going to know until really late today with Seamus," he said before training yesterday.

"It is important that he trains with the group before he plays. From a medical point of view, he could be available but we'll make a late decision on him."

But Gibson could start for the Toffees. "Darron Gibson is fully fit and has been working with the group and, with Leon Osman, has been stepping up his fitness programme and that is very, very good news," Martinez said.

"I am very, very excited about Leon Osman and Darron Gibson who have had disappointing starts to the season with niggles and injuries and I'm really excited about those two joining the squad."

Gibson has had a bad run with injuries and has started only three Premier League games in the last two seasons.

Last week, Martin O'Neill named Gibson in his provisional 40-man squad for the Euro 2016 qualifiers against Germany and Poland but Derry native Gibson, along with team-mate Aiden McGeady, faces a battle to prove his fitness to the Ireland boss in time for Germany's visit next month.

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