Cole­man on way back to give Tof­fees ex­tra bite

Midweek Sport - - SPORTS - By FRANK MCCAULEY

SEA­MUS COLE­MAN’S re­turn from in­jury has given Ever­ton man­ager David Moyes an­other boost.

The Tof­fees are on a high af­ter back-to-back home wins over Premier League lead­ers Manch­ester City and top-four con­tenders Chelsea.

And Cole­man’s goalscor­ing re­turn for the re­serves more than a month af­ter be­ing side­lined with a thigh prob­lem is more good news as the club look to carry on their good progress in both the league and FA Cup.

Teenager Ross Barkley, who made such an im­pact in the first two months of the sea­son but has not fea­tured since Novem­ber 26 be­cause of a knee prob­lem, also stepped up his bid for full fit­ness with a runout and goal in the 6-3 win over New­cas­tle.

Set­back

The 18-year-old has made a cou­ple of ap­pear­ances for the academy side in the last fort­night and was named on the bench for the first-team games against City and Chelsea.

It leaves only Phil Jagielka (knee), Leon Os­man (knee) and Jack Rod­well (ham­string) to re­turn from in­jury.

Rod­well, who has made only three ap­pear­ances since Novem­ber, was in train­ing last week un­til he suf­fered a set­back.

But cen­tral de­fender Jagielka, who has not played since dam­ag­ing me­dial knee lig­a­ments in the de­feat to Bolton on Jan­uary 4, is now edg­ing closer to first­team in­volve­ment.

“It has prob­a­bly been the long­est Jan­uary ever, but I have got over that and am out of the brace and start­ing to do more in train­ing as well,” said Jagielka.

“I have had Leon Os­man for com­pany, which has been good, and we’ll hope­fully be step­ping it up in the next cou­ple of weeks. I am get­ting there.

“We are itch­ing to get back, although we’ll prob­a­bly be sat on the bench or in the stand the way the team is play­ing at the mo­ment.

“The whole team looks dif­fer­ent and they look bril­liant ev­ery game.

“We have added qual­ity play­ers to the squad in Jan­uary and hope­fully we can have a much bet­ter sec­ond half of the sea­son to the first.

“It proves what a good team we’ve got.”

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