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Seamus Coleman withdraws from Everton starting XI before kick-off due to illness

The defender initially took part in the Toffees’ warm-up at St James’ Park, but lasted only five minutes before being withdrawn.

The 30-year-old put in an impressive display against Liverpool last weekend.
The 30-year-old put in an impressive display against Liverpool last weekend.
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IRELAND CAPTAIN SEAMUS Coleman was forced to withdraw from Everton’s starting XI for today’s Premier League meeting away to Newcastle due to a late illness.

The Toffees defender was named at right back by manager Marco Silva, but was forced out of Saturday’s game at St James’ Park shortly before kick-off.

Coleman endured a frustrating start to this season, but has been back in form in recent weeks, picking up an assist during a 3-0 defeat of Cardiff while also impressing during last weekend’s Merseyside derby against Liverpool.

The 30-year-old was named in Mick McCarthy’s provisional 38-man squad for this month’s Euro 2020 double-header away to Gibraltar and at home Georgia in two weeks’ time and is expected to start in both qualifiers.

Coleman took part in Everton’s warm-up in Newcastle this afternoon, but lasted only five minutes before being replaced in Silva’s starting XI by Jonjoe Kenny at full-back — with Gylfi Sigurdsson taking the captain’s armband.

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