Coleman still a doubt for Liverpool clash – Martinez

The full-back has missed the last two games after suffering a head injury against Wolfsburg, and his manager is not confident of him featuring on Saturday


Everton full-back Seamus Coleman remains a major doubt for this weekend’s derby clash with Liverpool, according to Roberto Martinez.

The Republic of Ireland international has missed the club’s last two outings – a 3-2 home defeat to Crystal Palace and the 3-0 loss to Swansea City in the League Cup – after suffering a head injury against Wolfsburg a week ago.

The game is must-win for both sides following disappointing starts to the campaign, but Martinez is not willing to play Coleman unless he is 100 per cent fit.

“You don’t want to lose players full stop so then when you talk about Seamus Coleman who is such an influential player for us he could be a big miss,” Martinez said.

“But what I want is players on the pitch to be 100 per cent and to be able to push themselves and being able to perform and do well for the team.

“It’s unfair to put players in a situation where they cannot play at 100 per cent. We need to make sure they don’t miss any more time and that’s going to be the situation with Seamus.”

Martinez has also confirmed that Darron Gibson is now fully fit and available for selection after making his first start in 11 months on Tuesday night.

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