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Everton are hoping that Seamus Coleman can turn out for the Under-21s this weekend as he nears readiness to make his return to first-team action.

The club captain has been out of action since May when he suffered a knee injury in the 2-2 draw at Leicester that ended up requiring surgery.

Since the operation, he has been working patiently to get back to full fitness and he resumed training with the rest of the squad a couple of weeks ago.

His next step is to get some competitive minutes to build match fitness and manager Sean Dyche said in his press conference ahead of the visit of Brighton on Saturday that Coleman is ,"going well. He needs some game time, of course, but he's been training well and I think he's pleased to be back on the grass."

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Dyche had no definitive news on the other long-term absentees, Dele Alli and André Gomes, except to say that both are continuing their own rehabilitation work at Finch Farm.

Dele has "a time to go" and is also "back on the grass" but is also "in a good place", according to the boss who said that Gomes has been frustrated by a niggly calf injury but is also on his way back.


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Ian Jones
1 Posted 02/11/2023 at 16:45:37
Getting a full squad without injuries should help us but create selection issues.

As for Seamus, could see him becoming a player-coach next season.

Mike Gaynes
2 Posted 02/11/2023 at 16:57:05
Ian, so would Dele. I chatted with him very briefly at the Bournemouth match.
Mark Murphy
3 Posted 02/11/2023 at 17:03:51
Mike, tell me more, tell me more!!
Ian Jones
4 Posted 02/11/2023 at 17:08:04

That's interesting, Mike. Hope it was a great chat. I would really like Dele Alli to get back into contention to see if he can do a job for gus.

Imagine there is a lot going on with Dele, both personally and within the club. It would be great if the number of appearances and payment issues could be resolved so that he can at least get back to playing without any unnecessary pressure.

If he was back to playing at the start of next year, and was performing at a decent level, no reason why his contract couldn't be extended for at least one year. Better go and get my tin hat!

Tony Everan
5 Posted 02/11/2023 at 17:11:40
There’s only one thing I’d like more than Seamus coming back and that’s Patterson doing well enough to keep him out.
Mark Taylor
6 Posted 02/11/2023 at 17:19:08
To be blunt, and despite having some sympathy for especially Dele, I think these two are going the same way as Gbamin, I think their careers, certainly at a high level, are over.
Mark Ryan
7 Posted 02/11/2023 at 17:22:49
I wonder if Dele will surprise us all and be a revelation. Something tells me that his story is not yet written.
Chris Hockenhull
8 Posted 02/11/2023 at 17:29:27
Mark (7),

Yes ….The Great Resurection Show could be with Alli... Why not???? The club have given him support etc.

Coleman is a proper inspirational character and definitely should be factored into the future backroom scene. What better guy to inspire and mentor our fullbacks?

For those doubters and those who believe Calvert-Lewin liked to feign injury…. We had two absolute crocks in 83 who laid down some reasonable foundations…..

Dave Abrahams
9 Posted 02/11/2023 at 17:41:16
Chris (8), Why not?

Well Everton have given him some strong support, paid most of his wages when he went to Turkey where they got fed up with his performances along with their fans.

He has been given moral and physical support since he came back last summer. Spurs gave him support for two or three years with different managers doing their best to urge him to save his career warning him about his future prospects.

All the time, he has been on £5M or more a year, it has been down to Dele Alli to save himself… is he listening?

Dale Self
10 Posted 02/11/2023 at 17:51:33
Shane Corcoran
11 Posted 02/11/2023 at 19:28:46
I'm not sure I believe the Fine Gomes story.

I don't have anything to base that on but there's niggling and then there's 3 months niggling.

Brian Wilkinson
12 Posted 02/11/2023 at 19:46:50
Looking forward to Coleman returning, been written off so many times by some saying too old, not got the legs anymore, if Coleman comes back the same player before his latest injury, he will be a huge addition, where we will be able to rotate him, without having to play every single game.

I'm already smacking my lips on Coleman's return.

Dele Alli is another who could come back stronger, he has a point to prove, and if he can get the hunger back in playing football again, we could be looking at two additional players with something still to prove to themselves.

Happy Days indeed.

Chris Hockenhull
13 Posted 02/11/2023 at 19:58:03
Dave (9).

I base my personal view on my life's work dealing with supporting persons with, shall we say, “issues”. Not everyone corrects things for a number of times until, just maybe, one different small thing alters the issue positively.

I will leave it at that as the stuff about wages I'm not qualified to answer for.

Peter Mills
14 Posted 02/11/2023 at 20:28:39
Just extracted a comment I made on the match thread:-

“Throughout the game last night I was thinking how much we are lacking a No 10 with some guile. It was only this evening I remembered we have one on our books, but hoping Dele can come back is very optimistic.”

Paul Birmingham
15 Posted 02/11/2023 at 21:37:43
With the Afcon soon, and seemingly little or no transfer kitty for January, and potentially a possible transfer embargo, if Dele Alli is getting back to physical and mental health, it would be like a new player in the squad.

Big ask, and big 'if', but it would be a boost to the squad.

His cameo in the 2nd half at the Palace game 2021-22, season, and the great comeback by Everton to win 3-2, was impressive.

Here's to hoping.

Andy Meighan
16 Posted 02/11/2023 at 22:27:43
I wish people would get this notion out of their heads that Ali turned the game against Palace around.

He really didn't; he done okay – end of.

Coming out of the game that night, amid the euphoria, not one fan mentioned his so-called performance.

That game would have gone the same way even if Gomes would have stayed on.

He won't play another game for us and I for one couldn't care less.

As for the great man, Seamus, nothing would give me more pleasure than to see him lead us out at BMD in the 1st game.

He at least deserves that accolade, absolute legend.

Michael Fox
17 Posted 02/11/2023 at 22:47:30
Nobody else find it funny that Dom got better after two years of injury when we bought a striker?

Just the push he needed, me thinks.

Andy Crooks
18 Posted 02/11/2023 at 23:04:19
Michael, are you serious?

You are suggesting that DCL saw the threat to his place from Beto and decided to stop feigning injury.

Methinks you must be having a laugh.

Mark Taylor
19 Posted 02/11/2023 at 23:50:05
Andy 18

Not sure Michael's portrayal is entirely accurate but I do think having more serious competition will force a more positive mindset in DCL. Instigate the idea that no-one is indispensable (which DCL was last season), that there is always a viable alternative, either in the squad or can be bought on the market.

People like Fergie and Pep have built very successful management careers, substantially from adopting that very mantra. It's a form of renewal and they are not afraid of it, dropping or even dispensing with players who me might think are still top class. I'd like every single position in our side to have serious competition (it doesn't currently). That way, I think performances will improve.

Michael Fox
20 Posted 02/11/2023 at 23:52:02
Maybe not feigning injury, more like comfortable with his misfortunes and needing a kick in the ass.
Mike Gaynes
21 Posted 02/11/2023 at 00:02:41
Sorry, Michael Fox, but I think you're about as far off target as it's possible to be.

Dom's injuries were legitimate and aggravated by managers who brought him back in too quickly. And the extent of his reconditioning program in Germany has been well documented. Nothing "comfortable" about it.

And I don't think there are five Blues in Liverpool who think Beto is, or ever will be, a threat to Dom's place.

Russelll Smith
22 Posted 03/11/2023 at 09:36:33
Why will Afcon be a problem? Doucouré has turned his back on Mali, and Gana is currently only a substitute for us.

So, unless we have a major injury crisis, we will only be short of Gana for a couple of weeks so I don't think it will be a problem.

Dave Abrahams
23 Posted 05/11/2023 at 16:39:54
Chris (13),

Fair enough, we all have different opinions.

My reason for commenting on the wages Dele has earned were meant as an incentive for him to get back into the game and continue to earn that sort of cash.

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