February 24, 2024

Everton will think about giving captain Séamus Coleman, who is playing in his first test in five months, another opportunity with their U21 squad on Tuesday.
Since his season-ending knee injury sustained away to Leicester City in the Premier League in May, Coleman had not kicked a ball.

Three weeks ago, he returned to full training with the team, and on Saturday, they played Manchester United at home, and he was judged healthy enough to start for their U21 team.

Séamus Coleman

Coleman participated in the first half of the match, which United won 3-1, as scheduled, and was substituted for the final 45 minutes.

The Donegal man could be back in the mix for first team action the following weekend if he plays in Tuesday’s Football League Trophy clash between the Toffees U21s and Mansfield Town.

Following the 1-1 draw with Brighton, manager Sean Dyche said, “People are getting fitter and sharper, we have people coming out of injury, Séamus got a little runaround today, he’s getting fitter.”

Alan Browne, the captain of Preston, received acclaim for his performance as he scored his first goal in 10 months in a 3-2 victory over Coventry City.

That’s the role of a competent captain. They give good examples. He’s all over the place sometimes and I have to take some of the reins off of him because he wants to do too much. However, that is what good football players and leaders do.

“Those are the performances you put in when you wear your heart on your sleeve,” Preston manager Ryan Lowe stated of Browne, who hasn’t scored since January.

“He consistently performs that. Not only the captain, but all of us, want that to continue. I hope the aim will motivate him.

“He has been playing a variety of places, so he may be unhappy that he doesn’t have more, but if he continues to play at his current level, the goals won’t matter. Great if he can score and assist, but only if he continues to play the way we want him to.

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