Everton manager David Moyes has confirmed Killybegs native Seamus Coleman is likely to be in the matchday squad for tomorrow’s FA Cup fifth round tie against Blackpool at Goodison Park.
The 23-year-old has been an absentee from the Everton first-team since the first weekend in January, when he suffered a recurrence of a thigh strain against Tamworth in the FA Cup third round.
However, on Monday night the right-sided player was on the scoresheet for the Merseyside club’s reserves in their 6-3 win over Newcastle United at Finch Farm training complex. Coleman marked his comeback by opening the scoring on five minutes and played 55 in all.
With the Republic of Ireland due to play Czech Republic in their final friendly international on Wednesday, February 29, Coleman will be eager to stake a claim to Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni for a place at Euro 2012 in June, starting with a possible appearance against a Blackpool side whom he helped get promotion to the Premier League whilst on loan in 2010.
“Seamus will be getting closer because of the numbers we have available,” Moyes said on Friday.
“He’ll be back and it’s great to have him back in. It’s his first game in a long, long time.