Coleman and Jagielka ruled out of derby

19/04/2016  24 Comments  [Jump to last]

Phil Jagielka and Seamus Coleman will watch on tomorrow evening but have not yet been ruled out of the FA Cup semi-final.
As expected, neither Phil Jagielka nor Seamus Coleman have recovered from their respective hamstring strains in time to play face Liverpool at Anfield tomorrow.

Jagielka has missed the last two games after coming off late in the 1-1 draw at Watford while Coleman had to be withdrawn in the second half of Saturday's game against Southampton.

Roberto Martinez has not ruled either out of Saturday's FA Cup semi-final with Manchester United, however, although both are currently rated as doubtful.

Aaron Lennon, Tom Cleverley and Leighton Baines are all being assessed in training today for their ability to play in the derby while Romelu Lukaku (groin) and Ross Barkley (knee), named as substitutes against the Saints, should be in the matchday squad again.

"Phil Jagielka and Seamus Coleman will definitely be out," Martinez told the media in his press conference today, " but I think it's too early to make a final decision before the weekend.

"[Baines, Cleverley and Lennon] are very, very close and we'll have a better idea [after today's session] whether they will be available for tomorrow.

"James McCarthy is back from suspension so that will be a clear difference from the squad we had at the weekend."

As they did last Saturday, Academy graduates Tom Davies and Callum Connolly could play a part in tomorrow's game, with Martinez saying that his young players are ready "mentally" to participate in the first team.

That was certainly borne out in the two youngsters' respective performances as substitutes against Southampton, something that pleased the boss.

"I thought Tom Davies was very impressive," Martinez said. "I thought Callum Connolly showed his versatility, playing in different positions and having that character of being ready to play in the first team.

"It's not an accident. I think our young players are ready, mentally, to get into the first team and I think it shows the detail of the programmes that these players [have been] working under.

"So I've got no worries whatsoever that if there any minutes that need to be [played] by young players that we are in safe hands."  

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Noleen Daya
1 Posted 19/04/2016 at 14:47:07
Oh drat! Now he can blame it on key players being out with injuries if we lose, when actually he is just useless. Not that we'd win anyway!
Damian Wilde
2 Posted 19/04/2016 at 14:56:49
Give Callum a run out.
Joe O'Brien
3 Posted 19/04/2016 at 15:04:58
Big losses but I still think we will win. Its time to get some positivity back. And before I get shot down for being naïve or unrealistic we've got players to come in a do a job.

Funes Mori can fill in for jags and why not throw Connolly in for Seamus? He did great last week against the saints! We all thought that we'd wouldn't cope without Baines at the start of the season but a unknown Galloway stepped in.

United are not the United of old, they are well beatable and we will beat them.

Chas Humphreys
5 Posted 19/04/2016 at 15:16:05
Two big losses but please don't play Tony Hibbert we need to look to the future not the past .

Poor favor, deje Roberto.

Paul Olsen
6 Posted 19/04/2016 at 15:16:52
Bringing out the white flag already?

Soooo, Phil and Seamus. We need a spin on why we will lose the derby in such a phenomenal way. Could you please be injured so we can pin our disjointed appearance in that? That would be phenomenal and give me an incredible moment.

Después de todo. todo lo que toco se convierte en mierda. Yours truly, Roberto

Matthew Williams
7 Posted 19/04/2016 at 15:27:16
The injuries aren't the problem... Barry and McCarthy are. If those two start both games, we lose both!
Lennart Hyl�n
8 Posted 19/04/2016 at 15:29:20
Now it is the time to get behind Everton FC and stop complaining. I am not in favour of Martinez but now it is about our team. So get behind EFC and support them!!!
Paul Kossoff
9 Posted 19/04/2016 at 15:43:23
As expected is right. Every time we play those shits we have injuries or suspensions, so it's no surprise, and what's the bet that they will give us another injury before the semi.
Dave Lynch
10 Posted 19/04/2016 at 15:58:38
Don't believe it for one minute.

They maybe carrying minor niggles but the King of bullshit is putting all our eggs in one basket for the weekend.

We have 40 points so won't be relegated, mullering as per usual is on the cards.

Mike Allen
11 Posted 19/04/2016 at 16:01:34
You could make a good case for not playing a few more other than Hibbert. Having said that why not play Stones at full back and play Barry at the back McCarthy and Besic in front and tell the keeper NOT to roll the ball out to marked players on the edge of the box.

Don't play Kone or Deulofeu – they don't need marking. Job done!

Joe O'Brien
12 Posted 19/04/2016 at 17:00:09
Any chance could we leave the negativity til after the match on Saturday? They both went off injured ffs. It's a massive week for the club, I think we'll win the cup and I believe that RM will still be gone in summer even if we do so let's forget about him and just get behind the club this week and believe we're going to do it.
Philip Garroch
13 Posted 19/04/2016 at 17:06:07
Some good news.

I spoke to Lukaku while filling up my car at a petrol station just before the M62, on my way back to Sussex after the Southampton game. Honest, he was at the next pump.

When I told him of our concerns over the derby and the semi, he told me not to worry and that everything will be okay. He also said that he had been rested and will be playing on Wednesday.

My two Grandsons, who had also endured the match, were delighted as they had hoped to see him play. Watching him fill up his car was probably better.

Phil Grayston
14 Posted 19/04/2016 at 17:19:55
Thanks for that, Joe. I was beginning to think the only reasons people posted on TW were either to have a moan or practise their Spanish.
Patrick Murphy
15 Posted 19/04/2016 at 17:24:57
Slightly over the top opinion on our Seamus from Rhodri Cannon an Evertonian writing in the Echo. There are some truths in his piece but I feel it is an unnecessary hatchet job – perhaps others would agree with Mr Cannon?

Seamus Static?

Phil Walling
16 Posted 19/04/2016 at 18:27:00
Very helpful, indeed, as we move further into this 'vital block of fixtures'! It seems that even 'the good guys' are not spared the ire of some supporters and more grist to the oft hinted (ridiculous) view that we, the fanbase are really to blame for what's gone wrong with our team.
Paul Conway
17 Posted 19/04/2016 at 19:16:25
We have to realise thay Jags and Coleman cost dogends in terms of Transfer fees... buttons to be precise. If they stopped playing for Everton right now they would owe us nothing!

They have both given blood sweat and tears (tears probably now, with the prospect of mising a Semi). We can't complain because these players improved enormously with us and realised their potential.

If they can't improve any further it is not their fault, they were better under Moyes, which goes to show just exactly how bad of a Manager we have!


Ian Brandes
18 Posted 19/04/2016 at 20:58:01
Are we the Premier League champions of hamstring injuries?
Steve Davies
19 Posted 19/04/2016 at 21:05:02
We will not get relegated. We will not win the derby tomorrow. However, l think that we may well beat Man Utd then we just need to beat Watford or Palace.

I don't believe that it was RM's tactical nous that won us the Chelsea game.


David Hallwood
21 Posted 19/04/2016 at 21:33:37
Well Philip (#13) all I can say it was lucky that it was Lukaku and not Darron Gibson at the next pump to you.
Peter Cummings
22 Posted 19/04/2016 at 22:02:25
The biggest threat tomorrow would be more injuries before Wembley game, two of their main hard men to watch out for are Lucas and Sakho they don't care who they take down, Milner is another one to watch in the area, his favourite diving territory, at least Cam won't be making his hacking contribution .

As to the game itself I think we are bound to be more than a little downbeat facing the likes of Sturridge and Coutinho and the dangerous Origi who on their day can cause real problems in attack, like most Blues I would rather we lost to them than the OT gang in the semi. Still hoping we come good when we need to. COYB.

Paul Andrews
23 Posted 19/04/2016 at 22:10:00

They have a European semi final next week. If they start the kicking and trying to do our players, and intimidate them into not challenging physically in case we pick up injuries and players miss the weekend I would hope we give it back to them tenfold.

Anthony Dwyer
24 Posted 19/04/2016 at 23:15:09
Liverpool have rested players all month and got results, I can't see how Klopp will see it any different v us.

We should rest players and prioritise the FA Cup.

Jon Cox
25 Posted 20/04/2016 at 06:26:10
Treat the RSwith the contempt they deserve. Play all the Under-21s. Save everyone for Saturday.

Let's bring the cup home despite RM not because of him. It will show that we don't care about the game tonight and the league is finished for us.

But for the weekend, let's hope that Everton can bloody well wake up and collectively grow a pair.


Paul Andrews
27 Posted 20/04/2016 at 06:52:00
Start Besic and get your retaliation in first. One of his full blooded challenges can set the standard for the 90 minutes.

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