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Friday 23 February 2018

Fresh injury concern now for Coleman

But Sam confident he'll recover quickly

HEADS UP: Séamus Coleman was replaced at half-time in the Everton win over Crystal Palace Photo: Reuters
HEADS UP: Séamus Coleman was replaced at half-time in the Everton win over Crystal Palace Photo: Reuters

Everton are again sweating over the fitness of Seamus Coleman after the Ireland captain suffered an injury setback.

But Sam Allardyce and Martin O'Neill will hope that Coleman's absence will be a short one, O'Neill keen to see Coleman in a green shirt again in next month's friendly in Turkey.

Coleman started for Everton in Saturday's 3-1 win over Crystal Palace but was replaced at half-time and he will be assessed before the squad travel.

"I don't know what Seamus' injury is is, but he's going for a scan," said Allardyce.

"It's unrelated to his broken leg. It's more a muscle injury. The scan will be taken, but we are going warm weather training next week, which is good, a bit of warmth, a bit of sea. It helps injuries recover quicker."

Because of the FA Cup schedule next weekend, the Toffees have no fixture so Allardyce will take his players abroad.

"The good thing is we have two weeks before we play the next game, which will allow the players with injuries and fatigue to recover and get ready for Watford," added Allardyce.

Meanwhile, Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe has told Harry Arter that he is will see out his contract with the Cherries despite the player's frustration at the lack of game time.

Arter has recently revealed his annoyance at the lack of opportunities with the side recently and the Ireland cap was again a frustrated figure yesterday, an unused sub in the Cherries' 4-1 defeat to Hudderrsfield.

"That is not in my mind at all," Howe said when asked about the prospect of Arter leaving the club on loan.

"My job is to pick what I believe is the best team to win the next game and that's what I do.

"Harry's job is to try and get in that team. That's how it should work.

"He signed a four-year contract in the summer and that showed our faith in the player and what we think of him. From my perspective, that contract runs for four years."

Arter has now been omitted from the side for Bournemouth's last five Premier League games and the 28-year-old is concerned about the lack of game time.

At Sunderland, Aiden McGeady hopes he has ended a difficult spell with the club by knocking in his sixth goal of the season.

The Ireland winger had been dropped by strugglers Sunderland in recent weeks, but he came off the bench to score on Saturday, helping Chris Coleman's side turn a 3-0 deficit into a 3-3 draw.

McGeady has not been in the starting XI for the Black Cats' last six games in the Championship.

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