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Ancelotti suggests Coleman has 'small injury' after Ireland international withdrawn against Brighton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.

Everton's Seamus Coleman (left) receives treatment for an injury before being substituted.
Everton's Seamus Coleman (left) receives treatment for an injury before being substituted.
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Updated 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The 31-year-old full-back was replaced by Fabian Delph after 58 minutes, while Brazil forward Richarlison was also withdrawn in the first half after a tackle by Tariq Lamptey.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.

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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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