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Coleman an injury doubt for friendly

SEAMUS COLEMAN is an injury concern for Ireland's friendly against Poland next month after he limped out of Everton's scoreless draw with Southampton last night.

Coleman was only yesterday named in a 27-man squad for the February 6th match at home to Poland and the 24-year-old had hoped to use the Poland game to keep up his run in the Irish side, having started in the last four internationals.

Everton were today assessing the extent of his injury and will decide if the Killybegs man is fit to feature in Saturday's FA Cup tie away to Bolton.

Meanwhile, Southampton boss Mauricio Pochettino wants the focus to be on the football his team plays after overseeing his first game in charge of the Saints.

The Argentinian's appointment came as fans' favourite Nigel Adkins was sacked and rumours were rife of a supporters' backlash towards both Pochettino and Southampton chairman Nicola Cortese.

"I've been offered a job, an opportunity, and I've taken it," he said. "I'm happy how the fans have greeted me, and how the players have greeted me, and I just want to focus on my work. That's what I'm here to do.

"I have the maximum respect for the previous manager. It's never nice to take over from another manager who's been let go.

"I credit the previous manager for the work he did here. But now I really want to focus on my tenure here and the future of the club here under me, and the goals we've set out to achieve."