There’s been mixed news for Everton’s Derry and Donegal contingent after the first pre-season match.
Seamus Coleman will miss the club’s trip to Thailand as a precaution after injuring his hamstring against Tranmere, the game in which Darron Gibson made his long-awaited return from injury when the entire Everton team was changed at half-time. Fellow Derryman, Shane Duffy also got a run-out in the 2-2 draw.
Toffees boss, Roberto Martinez was delighted with 26-year-old Gibson’s comeback after nine months out with a cruciate ligament injury, sustained in the Republic of Ireland’s 3-1 win over Kazakhstan in October 2013.
Speaking on Sky Sports he said: “What’s pleasing is that he didn’t look like a player who has been missing for a long time. He looked sharp and strong and a refreshed footballer and that’s a good sign.
“We need to measure the work he’s going to do now until the start of the season but he looks such a hungry footballer that I think we’re going to get a lot of good football from him this season.”
Classy Killybegs full-back Coleman was withdrawn during the second period having only come on at half-time at Prenton Park..
Speaking about the former Sligo Rovers defender, the Everton manager told evertontv: “We assessed Seamus’ injury...He will miss the Thailand trip to give proper consideration to his injury, for proper treatment and to remove any chance of aggravating that feeling that he had.
“We don’t really know the extent of the injury yet but it is sometimes a little bit of a setback that comes with pre-season preparation and getting a lot of volume into the bodies. Hopefully it is going to be just a minor setback.”