Coleman likely to miss Wembley clash

by | 17/04/2016  53 Comments  [Jump to last]
Seamus Coleman's chances of appearing in the FA Cup semi-final clash with Manchester United next Saturday appear slim after he came off against Southampton with a hamstring strain.

The Irish international pulled up clutching his hamstring after stretching to put the ball out for a corner in the second half of the 1-1 draw at Goodison Park and his manager admits he is a major doubt for Wembley.

"He felt his hamstring and we will assess him in the morning but it will be hard to see him being involved this week as that sort of injury takes longer than a week," Roberto Martinez said after the game.

Coleman will be assessed fully over the next day or so but joins Phil Jagielka on the list of players who face a race against time to be fit for the cup semi-final. The captain tweaked a hamstring in the draw at Watford last weekend and has missed the two subsequent games.

Both defenders are almost certainly ruled out of Wednesday's Merseyside derby at Anfield but Martinez expects to have most of the players rested yesterday available.

That should include Ross Barkley who came on a second-half substitute for Gerard Deulofeu, Romelu Lukaku, who was an unused substitute, and Gareth Barry who was left out of the squad to face Southampton altogether.  

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Timothy Sebastian
1 Posted 17/04/2016 at 07:05:12
No reason why we can't blood Connolly in a Wembley game. He did well on his debut. Play him against the RS to get him Wembley-ready. He's already 19 years old, not really that young by football standards. I'd go further to say that Galloway should be played at left back. Push Baines up to left midfield. Oviedo on the bench.
John Audsley
2 Posted 17/04/2016 at 07:13:10
That's bad news but not unexpected after the way he went off yesterday. Connolly played really well but I guess RM will play Oviedo at right back, he has done that in the past when Coleman was out before.

We suddenly seem to have a crocked squad......

Brent Stephens
3 Posted 17/04/2016 at 07:42:53
All falling apart. As well as Callum did, too early and too important games to start him V rs and United.
Anto Byrne
4 Posted 17/04/2016 at 07:54:40
As an attacking wing back, he no longer delivers. Neither Baines nor Coleman have provided much going forward. The last few league games should be used to bring in Holgate, Galloway and Henen.

How refreshing to see Davies and Connolly looking the part. The biggest crime this season is not bringing McAleny into the fold and persisting with Kone.

Anthony Flack
5 Posted 17/04/2016 at 08:03:41
I fear "mr incredible" will try something odd, like put Lennon right back as he did away at Reading. Or even worse go to a back three....

Is Pennington available?

Not looking forward to this week.....but you never know.

Craig Fletcher
7 Posted 17/04/2016 at 08:37:08
I think Pennington is on loan at Walsall, Anthony. A shame as he did well earlier in the season for us against Barnsley in the League Cup.

Whoever we put in at right back against Man Utd now is going to be targeted as it will be perceived as a weak link, whether Oviedo, Lennon or Connolly.

I'm inclined to think, hey, why not Callum? As they say, if you're good enough you're old enough, he won't be scarred from being involved in the previous insipid performances this season, and I'm sure he'll get a massive confidence boost from the faith being shown in him. If Lennon is fit, he'll also have an experienced winger in front of him who will run all day long and help him out in defence.

Jim Bennings
8 Posted 17/04/2016 at 08:59:05
Why is Everton Football Club one long hard luck story?

Could argue that Martinez may well have rested Coleman yesterday, played Oviedo right back and given Galloway left back (what's happened to that lad?)

Pointless now, I've given up hope for the next two games.

Neil Lawson
10 Posted 17/04/2016 at 09:06:54
Seamus will be a huge miss; perhaps more than any other member of the team. Ridiculous that there is no natural replacement for him, a situation that has existed all season.

Worse still, with the various injuries, it offers Martinez some excuses for his abject failure. But this is Everton. Who knows what will happen on Wednesday and Saturday?

Shane Corcoran
11 Posted 17/04/2016 at 09:16:42
Just when you think you're up against it, injuries provide our manager with a chance to do something stupid.
Richard Lyons
12 Posted 17/04/2016 at 09:18:19
I'm past caring... It doesn't matter one jot anyway – with or without Coleman, we're going to lose both games.
Jimmy Salt
13 Posted 17/04/2016 at 09:19:00
How far off is Jags? If he is fit, Stones will play right back.
Stephen Brown
14 Posted 17/04/2016 at 09:20:00
Where's Browning ? Is he still out injured? I think if Jags is fit Stones gets the right-back spot!
Mike Gwyer
15 Posted 17/04/2016 at 09:40:39

Richard Lyons.

Loose both games?? Past caring? Maybe this current shit is bad but for fuck sake there will be 30-odd thousand blues travelling to Wembley who have it in their hearts that Everton will win. If you're past caring, why do you waste your time logging onto TW just to point that out and then add that Everton are going to loose??

Your relationship with Everton is not a marriage, you can't get a divorce just because you feel it's going a bit tits up. You and Everton Football Club are set in stone and you must feel something other than "Fuck it, we are going to loose, I don't care, blah, blah, blah".

If you have a ticket for Wembley, mate, I suggest you sell it to a blue who really does care and will support Everton to victory.

Anthony Burke
16 Posted 17/04/2016 at 09:49:43
Well said, Mike (#15).

Richard, I will have your ticket, if you have one. Name your price.

Alan Humphreys
17 Posted 17/04/2016 at 09:58:47
Whoever plays in the semi should be playing against the RS. We need whatever back 4 we play to be used to each other. Something that has been lacking this season.
Sam Hoare
18 Posted 17/04/2016 at 09:59:13
Talking of which, anyone know best way to get tickets to Wembley?
Mark Wilson
20 Posted 17/04/2016 at 10:03:47
Mike Gwyer and Richard Lyons

Well done Richard you've woken me up. I admit it's looking grim but the Derby and the FA Cup are somewhat different games than yesterday's dire affair against Southampton and honestly, I'm not going to Wembley with massive confidence but I'm not certain we will lose either.

Mike, I sense a dogs of war scenario here. Your spot on re shaking us all up a bit tbh. I'm intending to bellow like a mad person throughout the semi, getting right behind the team, whoever is out out and however young and inexperienced they are. I may end up disappointed but in a strange way I'm a bit more relaxed about things right now.

The club is in a mess, we have dithered when decisive action was needed to change the manager at least a year or even just six months ago. It didn't happen and we are in the process of throwing away a bright future unless changes are made.

But it isn't happening tomorrow. Martinez is here until at least next Sunday, possibly until 23rd May and who knows, he may still be here on 14th August is Bill has his way.

But Mike, your rallying call is what's needed now. There's bugger all left for us but to summon up some optimism from somewhere, assume the underdogs persona with a degree of bravado even relish!

We are Everton so let's hope we have seven games left in this shite season and get stuck in behind the team, we e been here before and we can make a difference however tough things are for a suddenly injury ravaged squad lacking confidence. Maybe we can give them something back by showing support which may flatter but simply reflects what as supporters we are all about.

Pete Ward
21 Posted 17/04/2016 at 10:20:47
If Jags is fit for semi, then Stones will go to right back. If not, I can see him playing a back 3 of Baines, Funes Mori, and Stones with Lennon and one other playing as wing backs.
Paul Conway
22 Posted 17/04/2016 at 10:22:53
Richard Lyons @ 12

Some people say things out of frustration and I fully understand yours. I've even said it to myself a few times and I am sure a lot of Evertonians have said the same, without actually printing it.

Just try and switch off to Everton and see how long it will last.... The urge to sneak a peak at the results will become compulsive, no matter how bad they become. Just like that of a compulsive gambler, or chronic alcoholic trying to give up their respective vices.

We just have to ride the storm, encourage the team, and don't forget – we are in an FA Cup Semi Final! It can be done – look at Leicester! They were lower than us!


Nick Wall
23 Posted 17/04/2016 at 10:41:18
Is there any news about the Lennon, Baines and Cleverley injuries? All vitally needed to us now.
Paul Thompson
24 Posted 17/04/2016 at 11:02:05
I was very impressed with Connolly and he's done great for the U21s (he's also leading scorer with 8!). But he'd be up against Coutinho on Wednesday, which would be a hell of a test. Still I'd rather have him than Oviedo whose defensive qualities are meagre. If Jags is fit for Saturday, Stones will play at right back. It's a pity that Pennington is on loan. According to reports, he was outstanding yesterday.
Anthony Flack
25 Posted 17/04/2016 at 11:26:09
Can we not just recall Pennington?
Mike Keating
26 Posted 17/04/2016 at 11:31:41
Didn't Stones get the RB berth in a previous Anfield horror show?
Tony Dove
27 Posted 17/04/2016 at 12:47:00
The loss of Seamus is a killer. Apart from his great attacking threat[he must have covered twice as much ground yesterday as anyone else on the pitch] we will get an RM disaster choice in his place, probably Oviedo who is bad enough when he plays on the left.
Ernie Baywood
28 Posted 17/04/2016 at 13:49:23
He's a big loss for us. Obviously he's a good player and important to how we play, but he's also a player who has stood up and been counted amongst the recent dire performances.
Stephen Sullivan
29 Posted 17/04/2016 at 14:19:40
There were several players that needed protecting or at least a rest before the semi final. Obviously (to all but Martinez), Coleman was one of them as it one position we have no adequate (or experienced/fully fit) replacement for. Why did he not rest him?

If he puts a close to full strength team out at Anfield, I will crack up. I see Klopp has played close to a reserve line up for their game today (and they are currently winning 0-2 ?). They don't even have a semi final this weekend.

I have very little hope now of winning either game. I expect a 5-0 thrashing as Anfield and something similar against Man Utd. The one consolation is Martinez will be gone soon after the semi-final.

Charlie Burnett
30 Posted 17/04/2016 at 14:28:29
Call Tony Hibbert back from the fishing lake, tell him he's got a week to get fit – he's going Wembley.
Conor Skelly
31 Posted 17/04/2016 at 14:46:09
Blessing in disguise. He's been poor for a while now. He can't cross and runs into the space Deulofeu likes to occupy, meaning Deulofeu comes inside and finds himself out of position with the game passing him by.

Coleman also can't put a decent ball down the line for Deulofeu or Lennon to run on to. I'm not saying Connolly is the answer but I think Coleman should be one player we're looking to move on in the summer. He's too limited.

Bill Gall
32 Posted 17/04/2016 at 14:55:58
Talking about not taking the derby game to seriously so we have a stronger team for the semi final, I see that Liverpool have made 10 changes for their game today, so they will be putting out a strong team on Wednesday.
Colin Hughes
33 Posted 17/04/2016 at 15:00:56
Liverpool have made 10 changes today yet are still winning 2-0 as I speak, that at a because they have a way of playing and a manager who instills confidence in the players no matter who he puts on the pitch.

This derby match is going to be the most predictable outcome in a Mersey derby since the early 80s when they would win them by whatever scoreline the felt like.

Alan J Thompson
34 Posted 17/04/2016 at 15:50:56
Is our Brazilian right back out injured or was he cup-tied at Doncaster?

Mattioni is it?

Roger Helm
35 Posted 17/04/2016 at 16:38:20
Don't we have a specialist right back in Tony Hibbert? I am not saying he should play, but if he is not fit and ready to deputise for Coleman, not having played for ages, why is the club paying him his wages?
Barry Pearce
36 Posted 17/04/2016 at 17:13:55
Seamus will be a big loss.
As we have have at present no natural replacement.

Obviously with Tyias Browning being out for virtually the whole season, and Byram choosing to go to West Ham there will be the need to play someone out of position – probably Stones.

I don't fancy Oviedo, as since his horrific injury, I don't think he's been the same player. Seems to have lost a yard of pace. Also, defending isn't his best suit.

Martinez should have given more game time to Pennington who is now out out on loan to Walsall.

Tom Bowers
38 Posted 17/04/2016 at 17:30:16
Things just seem to get worse when things get better for the RS.

Chances are this clown Martinez will keep more players rested for the Derby match not understanding how important it is to the dies hard Blues fans. Martinez will simply say the Derby match is a nothing game but the Cup game is.

Anyway, this week will likely be the culmination of a lousy season of mismanagement, underachieving and disappointment. Hopefully one hopes for the best but watching the team since Christmas has given us all no cause for optimism this coming week.

They have generally been very pedestrian and predictable in a way that most opposition have found easy to play against.

Peter Fearon
39 Posted 17/04/2016 at 18:06:56
Stones can come in for Coleman with Funes Mori and Jags in the center in the semi-final. I would rest whoever we can in the derby match. Ideally we would want to win both but if we win the derby and lose the semi-final will anyone be happy? If we win the semi-final will anybody care that we lost the derby match? The FA cup must be our sole focus.

Ged Simpson
40 Posted 17/04/2016 at 18:20:22
Still think he can be lazy. If he wasn't, what a player he could be.
Kristian Boyce
41 Posted 17/04/2016 at 19:00:36
Not having a back-up for Coleman has been a problem for years. Hibbert has been injured for basically for the whole of Martinez's tenure but still keeps getting new contracts.

There's a Brazilian international somewhere at the club who's never appeared anywhere near the first team. There's also a bunch of kids who could do a job, but playing them in two of the biggest games of the season is a risk.

Paul Kossoff
42 Posted 17/04/2016 at 20:53:12
We always get injuries or suspensions when we play the red shite, I am sure that they will try there very best to make sure we have at least one more who won't play in the semi.
Anthony Millington
43 Posted 17/04/2016 at 21:24:45
If Galloway is fit he should be involved over the next couple of games. We should try and get Garbutt or Pennington back from loan to help out too. These players should be given a chance over Tony Hibbert who is on the comeback I hear.....
Chris Owens
44 Posted 17/04/2016 at 21:32:15
Martinez won't pick Hibbert. He's a full back who thinks his job is to defend.
Jay Harris
45 Posted 17/04/2016 at 21:38:25

Galloway seems to have suffered a huge loss in form since he was in the first team.

I watched the last couple of U21 games and he was absolutely awful, the worst player on the pitch by a mile.

I think Dowell is the most skillful with Liam Walsh, Joe Williams and Tom Davies also looking good prospects.

Anthony Dwyer
46 Posted 17/04/2016 at 22:16:35
There's no need to worry about injury to Coleman, Martinez has brought in adequate cover during his 3 years and 6 transfer windows...... Hasn't he!
Helen Mallon
47 Posted 17/04/2016 at 22:21:50
Come Wednesday and the fight is on versus the RedShite. So for me, Oviedo will be the perfect right-back to counter Coutinho. Oviedo is left-footed and the RedShite predominately right. Makes sense for when he cuts inside for Oviedo to put a tackle in... just saying.
Helen Mallon
48 Posted 17/04/2016 at 22:25:39
Jay Harris,

Rashford was, by all accounts, crap, lazy and Ross-like in Man Utd's U21s.... look at him now.

Galloway should never have been dropped back in; it will ruin him in the long run. He should always be a first-team player.

Vijay Nair
49 Posted 17/04/2016 at 22:57:38

I believe it's Felipe Mattioni you're referring to. I had high hopes for him to be the RB cover we were after, but alas, he's been sent back to us (from Doncaster) after getting injured yet again.

Damian Wilde
50 Posted 17/04/2016 at 23:04:25

"Still think he can be lazy. If he wasn't, what a player he could be."

You talking about Coleman? Taking the piss. He's one of the only ones who busts a gut every game. Ridiculous comment.

John Byrne
51 Posted 17/04/2016 at 23:52:20
Very hard to be positive about Everton at the moment. I found yesterday very hard viewing. It's not just the results at the moment, the performances are dire. When we beat Chelsea in the quarter final I couldn't wait for the semi final but now that it's a week away all of the hype, hope & confidence has just drained from me. Throw in the fact we have a derby at Anfield on Wednesday night (a game I always dread anyway) and it's a week I'm not looking forward to.

But in trying to look for positives I came up with this.... It's probably better the Derby isn't at Goodison because we've been awful at home all season, Surely a derby & a cup semi are enough to spark something in this team that we all know is there and perhaps the lowering in expectations going to Anfield can somehow be a positive. The last few times we've gone there I've felt as if the pressure of trying to get our 1st win there since 99 got to the players (especially the 4-0 defeat) and anything can happen in a cup game. Let's face it this isn't the Man U of old. They are poor. We just need to be less poor than they are and hopefully we can get through.

So let's get behind the team and forget your feelings towards RM for one week because like it or not he is our manager right now & nothing could cheer me up as regards Everton more than winning at Anfield and Phil Jagielka lifting the FA Cup at Wembley on 21st of May. We haven't won anything in 21 years so put the negativity aside for now and let's grasp this opportunity we have and let the rest take care of itself in the summer.
John Codling
52 Posted 18/04/2016 at 06:36:18
Not that I would play him, but where the fuck is Hibbert & why the fuck did the club give him a 2-year contract? Probably at his private fishery in France...

Another example of the Everton pension scheme. Do not come back with the words "He's been a good servant to the club." Yes... whilst being paid millions.

I watched the Sunday Supplement on Sky TV yesterday; even the football journalists have no Idea what this manager is talking about. The clown is an embarrassment to the club. Get rid ASAP.

John Keating
53 Posted 18/04/2016 at 14:56:37
I reckon there's nothing wrong with him.

I reckon he's just made up to be off the field and has an excuse for when the flack and retribution hits from the Derby and Semi.

I bet the others are pissed off he got in before them!

Phil Walling
54 Posted 18/04/2016 at 15:04:32
Hasn't Roberto said he intends to play the very best team available on Wednesday? No doubt that will mean Oviedo getting the nod for right back over Hibbo who is playing a warmer tonight.

I thought most felt the young kid had a good game when he replaced Shay on Saturday, so why not give him a baptism of fire? But Roberto blooding kids is just another myth about him, isn't it?

Si Cooper
55 Posted 19/04/2016 at 00:36:23
Seamus seems to be one of those players who ends up underrated because he routinely cleans up situations with a relative minimum of fuss. He ain't perfect but it seems his faults are far more apparent to some than his strengths.

Potentially a huge loss for us with no-one else at the club having come through to really compete with what he consistently gives to the team in defence and attack. The thought of Coutinho having an easy ride on Wednesday makes me feel sick. Hopefully someone will take the opportunity and shine for at least the next two games.

Grant Rorrison
56 Posted 19/04/2016 at 00:42:02
Defensively I don't think he's been that bad this season. The cracking goals he scored in his first season under Martinez are obviously a big miss though.
Richard Lyons
57 Posted 20/04/2016 at 06:36:06
Sorry everyone for my negativity above... Of course I want us to win, and derbies and cup semi-finals are always winnable... it's just that these days, every time I get myself into a "COYB" mood, I'm brought back down to earth when I remember that we have Martinez at the helm... Nevertheless: COYB!

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