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COLEMAN absence mystery

EVERTON put Lille to the sword in the Europa League 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. Everton boss Roberto Martinez hailed Coleman, along with Leighton Baines, as the best full-back pairing in the Premier League before the Lille game and gave no indication of any injury.

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.

On the plus side, James McCarthy was Man of the Match against Lille, driving the Toffees to an easy Europa win and now fully recovered from the 'soft tissue' injury which kept him out the game against Germany.

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.