Thursday 17 January 2019

Head injury to Coleman a concern

MARTIN O'Neill and Roberto Martinez are anxiously awaiting a medical update on Ireland full back Seamus Coleman who has been sidelined by a head injury, writes AIDAN FITZMAURICE.

The defender did not even feature in the Everton squad for yesterday's Premier League defeat to Crystal Palace and he will not be involved for tomorrow's League Cup game away to Swansea City, Coleman having picked up the head injury in last week's Europa League win over Wolfsburg.

O'Neill will tomorrow name his squad for the Euro 2016 double header against Gibraltar and Germany and while the injury is not likely to keep Coleman out of action for those ties, the Ireland boss will be relived when Coleman makes his comeback.

"Seamus won't be fit for Swansea but we'll assess him day-by-day," said Martinez.

"He's a player we want to be ready and be fully fit. He's someone we really need and I thought he was very, very good against Wolfsburg.

"We'll make sure we get him back as quick as we can but you can't be too careful with head injuries.

"We've got the best people assessing him and the health of Seamus is obviously the most important thing."

Meanwhile, James McClean is likely to make his first start of the season in tonight's Championship clash between Wigan and Ipswich Town.

The winger has managed just one sub appearance this term due to a hamstring injury but could start at home to Ipswich.

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