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COLEMAN absence mystery

EVERTON put Lille to the sword in the Europa Cup with a 3-0 win at Goodison Park last night but they did it without Séamus Coleman who wasn't even on the bench.

Coleman's absence from Everton's match day squad will spark immediate concerns about his fitness with the crunch Euro 2016 showdown with Scotland at Celtic Park, now only a week away.

Ireland boss Martin O'Neill underlined the need to have all his key players on the field for a game which could have a major bearing on Ireland's hopes of making it to the finals in France.

McCarthy started the game against Lille, driving the Toffees to a facile Europa win. He looks fit and fully recovered from the 'soft tissue' injury which kept him out the game against Germany.

Aiden McGeady also made a positive contribution while Darron Gibson also got some much-needed gamne time.

But all attention will now be focused on Coleman who has just shaken off a hamstring strain and must play against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light on Sunday to be sure of travelling to Dublin next week and on to Glasgow.

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