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Monday 26 February 2018

Sam: 'Séamus ill'

Séamus Coleman
Séamus Coleman

Everton boss Sam Allardyce has revealed that Séamus Coleman missed the club's weekend meeting with Arsenal due to illness.

Coleman made a winning return to action with Everton last week, starting in a midweek win over Leicester but he was not in the side as the Toffees went down 5-1 away to the Gunners.

"I'm not sure I'd have played Seamus at Arsenal anyway but he was ill so he couldn't travel and we made a few changes to try and help the team play against Arsenal," says Allardyce.

The Toffees boss had said after Coleman's return to the side that the club would have to monitor the Ireland captain's fitness and ability to play regularly after a 10-month absence due to a broken leg.

Meanwhile, Ireland U21 cap Sam Byrne will complete his move to Dundalk from Everton later today. Byrne (22) joined Everton in 2014 after a spell with Manchester United but has yet to play for the first team. Cork City were also chasing him but Dundalk have now agreed a six-month loan deal. Byrne is out of contract with Everton in the summer.

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