Everton’s Seamus Coleman looks all set to play his first competitive match for nearly 10 months, after being picked in the Toffees under-23s squad.
The defender suffered a broken leg while playing for the Republic of Ireland last March, in a World Cup qualifier against Wales.
The Irish captain was the unfortunate victim of a horrific tackle from Neil Taylor – and he’s been sidelined ever since.
But he looks close to making his return to Everton’s first-team, after being picked as part of David Unsworth’s reserve side to face Portsmouth in this evening’s Premier League Cup clash.
The game will be streamed live on Everton’s Youtube channel.
Everton manager Sam Allardyce confirmed earlier this month that Coleman was back in first-team training and had one eye on making his long-awaited return.
Meanwhile, the right-back was in attendance at Goodison Park on Saturday afternoon when his club and international teammate James McCarthy suffered a nasty double leg fracture against West Brom.
And as the midfielder was stretchered off the pitch, Coleman was seen leaving his seat in the directors’ box to check on his teammate.
McCarthy is expected to be out for the rest of the season.
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