Monday 18 December 2017

Fears over Seamus Coleman's fitness ahead of vital Germany clash

Coleman not on the bench but there's still hope

Seamus Coleman
Seamus Coleman

MARTIN O'Neill is praying that Seamus Coleman recovers from his injury in time to prevent a defensive crisis ahead of the looming Euro 2016 double header.

World champions Germany, who won 6-1 on their last trip to Dublin, come to town next week seeking to secure automatic qualification but the Irish boss has real worries in defence, as Séamus Coleman was again missing for Everton last night.

Ireland's first-choice right back has been struggling with a hamstring injury this month and he was not even on the bench for Everton for last night's Premier League meeting with West Brom. However, after the 3-2 win, Toffees boss Roberto Martinez (pictured) said that Coleman, who has missed the club's last three games, was "two or three days away" from fitness and hinted that Coleman could prove his fitness for Sunday's Merseyside derby.

Roy Keane was at the Hawthorns and saw Darron Gibson come off the bench on 71 minutes for his first appearance since last March, Gibson now potentially in the Ireland manager's thoughts with Glenn Whelan's suspension.

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