Date: 20th March 2017 at 12:55pm
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By Will Butcher

Everton are sweating on a potential injury to a key man after Ireland boss Martin O’Neill revealed Seamus Coleman could miss training on Tuesday.

Right-back mainstay Coleman, 28, saw out the entire 90 minutes of the Toffees’ 4-0 win against Premier League relegation candidates Hull on Saturday, but reported to national duty with a knock.

O’Neill also revealed to Ireland’s official Twitter account that midfielder James McCarthy is set to be assessed ahead of training as he looks to recover from a hamstring injury.

“Seamus Coleman has picked up a knock,” O’Neill said. “If he doesn’t train tomorrow he’ll train Wednesday. We’ll see how James McCarthy is.”

McCarthy, 26, missed the 3-0 win against West Brom as well as Saturday’s triumph against Hull with the muscle injury, but has still been called up by O’Neill in his 39-man squad.

The Everton duo could recover in time to face Wales on Friday night, as the two home nations go head to head in Group D of the 2018 World Cup qualifying phase.

Ireland then play host to Iceland at the Aviva Stadium four days later in a friendly, as O’Neill looks to extend an unbeaten run that has stretched back to their Round of 16 clash against France at Euro 2016.

A win for Ireland on Friday would see O’Neill’s side consolidate their position at the top of Group D, as they sit ahead of the likes of Serbia, Wales and Austria.

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