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PA Everton's Seamus Coleman (left) receives treatment for an injury before being substituted.
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Ancelotti suggests Coleman has 'small injury' after Ireland international withdrawn against Brighton
The defender might still be fit in time for Ireland’s crucial Euros play-off semi-final against Slovakia on Thursday.

LAST UPDATE | Oct 3rd 2020, 9:30 PM

EVERTON BOSS CARLO Ancelotti has offered an encouraging update on Seamus Coleman, suggesting that the Ireland international has suffered a “small injury” in their 4-2 win over Brighton today.

There were worrying scenes for Stephen Kenny when Coleman went off with what appeared to be a hamstring issue, ahead of Ireland’s crucial Euros play-off semi-final against Slovakia on Thursday.

The 31-year-old full-back was replaced by Fabian Delph after 58 minutes, while Brazil forward Richarlison was also withdrawn in the first half after a tackle by Tariq Lamptey.

Speaking at a press conference after the game, Ancelotti said both players are likely to recover soon.

Small injury, I think, Coleman. Richarlison had the same problem that he had against West Ham in the [Carabao] Cup,” he said.  

“So we have 15 days to recover them and I think we will be able to do so.”

Coleman has been in excellent form of late, with boss Ancelotti recently comparing him to Italian legend Paolo Maldini.

Whether he would start regardless is uncertain, with Kenny preferring Tottenham star Matt Doherty at right-back for his first two Nations League games in charge.

Additional reporting by Sinéad Farrell

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