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Tuesday 19 June 2018

Big Sam: Coleman return will boost Toffees

FIT AGAIN: Seamus Coleman. Pic: PA Wire
FIT AGAIN: Seamus Coleman. Pic: PA Wire

Everton boss Sam Allardyce believes that Seamus Coleman will make a big contribution to the side once he has regained fitness, with the Toffees hoping that Coleman will be fit to feature against Burnley this weekend.

Coleman returned to first-team action, following a 10-month absence due to a broken leg, last month, but he managed only two appearances before he suffered a setback and missed last week's defeat to Watford. However, he should reclaim his place in the side away to Burnley, with Leighton Baines also on the way back from injury.

"It is great to have them back and, hopefully, the pair of them can stay fit until the end of the season and make a big contribution, which we know they are more than capable of because they have done it over the past eight or nine years," Allardyce said of Coleman and Baines.

"We need their qualities and experience. And hopefully they can show that when we get them back in the team.

"There is no doubt they contribute offensively and defensively. Not just with their passing ability or final-third attacking ability but, certainly from Seamus' point of view, the added one on top of that is his goals - not just his assists. And Leighton is good on the assists side and penalties.

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"Where we have been a bit light up front is in the number of goals people have scored - anybody who can pick up goals in the rest of our team adds to the tally and can contribute to the results we are looking for, particularly away from home."

Meanwhile, John O'Shea admits that his Sunderland side are facing into a season-defining run of three games in a week, starting today against Millwall, as they try to avoid relegation.

"We have three games in seven days, but the first, and therefore the most important one, is Millwall. Hopefully when that's out the way we've got a fantastic result that can give us a boost for the next two," O'Shea said.

"It's a big seven days, every game for us is a cup final."

Shaun WIlliams will be a key figure for Millwall against the Black Cats and the Dubliner this week secured his future by triggering a clause in his contract with Millwall to extend his stay until 2019.

"It's great to be here for another year - fantastic," said the former Drogheda and Sporting Fingal man.

"I'd love to stay here even longer, but that is down to the club and what way they want to go about it.

"It is the longest I have played for any club and I feel really at home."

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