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Seamus Coleman rated doubtful for FA Cup semi-final

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
Coleman limped off against Southampton with a hamstring problem
Coleman limped off against Southampton with a hamstring problem

Everton manager Roberto Martinez has confirmed that his Republic of Ireland full-back is set to miss next weekend's FA Cup semi-final against Manchester United after he limped out of his side’s Premier League game against Southampton at Goodison Park.

Coleman was involved in a 53rd minute sprint for the ball as Southampton pushed for an opening goal and the Irishman immediately slumped to the ground and singled that he needed to be removed due to a hamstring problem.

Martinez handed teenager Callum Connolly an Everton debut as he replaced Coleman, with the Toffees now hoping their dynamic full-back was merely withdrawing himself from the game as he aimed to recover in time to play in next weekend’s FA Cup semi-final against Manchester United at Wembley.

"Obviously Seamus felt his hamstring," stated Martinez, after a game that finish 1-1.

"We're going to assess him in the morning but it will be hard to see him being involved this week. 

"That sort of injury will take a bit longer than a week.”

Coleman walked from the field relatively freely, but his history of hamstring injuries will concern both Everton and Ireland boss Martin O’Neill, with the Euro 2016 finals now less than two months away.