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Everton sweat on Coleman ahead of derby

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Roberto Martinez is sweating on the fitness of Seamus Coleman ahead of next week's Merseyside derby after the right back limped off the field during Everton's 1-1 draw with West Brom.

The Republic of Ireland international came off the field with 10 minutes to play at the Hawthorns after suffering a hamstring injury, leading to fears he may be sidelined for Tuesday's trip to Anfield.

Coleman has flourished under Martinez this season - scoring five goals in his last 11 matches - and his absence could be a blow against a Liverpool team who look like strong contenders for at least a Champions League spot this season.

And Martinez, whose side travel to take on League One Stevenage in the FA Cup this weekend, admits it would be a blow to lose someone in such good form as Coleman.

"We are going to be cautious and see what the problem is, but it's not a good sign because Seamus would never want to come off the football pitch," said manager Roberto Martinez.

"He felt his hamstring, so we will have to assess it. He has been in a terrific moment of form so we will try to get him back on as quick as we can."

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