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.”
Martin O'Neill: Seamus Coleman has picked up a knock. If he doesn't train tomorrow he'll train Wednesday. We'll see how James McCarthy is.
— FAIreland ⚽️🇮🇪 (@FAIreland) March 20, 2017
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.