Coleman on the way to Wembley

Everton midfielder Seamus Coleman is on his way to Wembley for Saturday’s Merseyside derby FA Cup semi-final.

Everton midfielder Seamus Coleman is on his way to Wembley for Saturday’s Merseyside derby FA Cup semi-final.

The Killybegs native has come on as a substitute in each of Everton’s last two FA Premier League outings having been sidelined with a thigh strain. Coleman came off the bench at half-time in the 2-2 draw at Carrow Road on Saturday and then replaced Philip Neville for the final seven minutes of Monday’s 4-0 hammering of Sunderland at Goodison Park.

Having signed for the club from Sligo Rovers three years ago, Coleman was a guest of Everton’s at the 2009 FA Cup final, which they lost 2-1 to Chelsea. Then, 12 months later the former St Catherine’s defender lined out at the home of Englsih football for Blackpool during a loan spell in their 3-2 Championship play-off final win over Cardiff City.

Everton take on Liverpool on Saturday in the first of this season’s FA Cup semi-finals, with Sunday’s tie an all-London affair as Chelsea face Tottenham Hotspur.