Everton’s right back Seamus Coleman is ready to step up against Fulham, with the club facing an injury crisis amidst their fight to stay in the Premiership.
Everton sit at a seemingly comfortable ninth place on the table but are only seven points clear of the relegation zone, and with stars Marouane Fellaini, Tim Cahill and Phil Neville amongst the injury list, Everton manager David Moyes is looking short for choice.
The Toffies face Fulham on the weekend, who are in the same boat with only four points between the Cottagers and the drop zone. Both sides will no doubt be desperate to take three points and ease their relegation worries a little.
Coleman has started 16 of his last 18 games for Everton, and was rested for the last two against Newcastle and Birmingham.
“I played a lot of games and the manager decided to take me out and I have no complaints about that,” Coleman told The Journal.
“Hopefully I have worked hard in training and convinced him to put me back in. I’ll always remember my first start and that was against Fulham, playing right midfield, I have been lucky and played a lot of games since then.
“I remember the manager telling me I was starting and that was a great feeling. I was a bit nervous because playing for Everton in the Premier League is a big thing and hopefully I can go on and play a lot more games for the club.”
Coleman believes that fellow Irish international and Fulham left winger Damien Duff should not be underestimated in preparation for the clash.
“When I was a kid, Damien Duff and Robbie Keane were the players me and my friends looked up to,” he said.
“He (Duff) is a top player and seems to be close to his best. He has been a good player for Fulham this season, scoring goals and he will be a threat.”