Everton full-back Seamus Coleman is hoping he can be part of the team that takes on Manchester United at Goodison Park this weekend.
Coleman has not played for Everton since their 3-1 win over Chelsea last month after sustaining a hamstring injury but the Irishman managed the full 90 minutes for his national side as they were beaten 2-1 by Poland this week.
Republic of Ireland will now have to go through a play-off if they are to qualify for Euro 2016 next summer but Coleman is focusing on the job at hand for his club and is happy to be back playing again.
“It’s great to be back,” he said.
“I got 90 minutes under my belt with Ireland, I’m back in training and looking forward to hopefully being involved [against Manchester United].
“I don’t really like watching football – I am probably more nervous watching than I am playing! It was the same for Ireland when they played Germany and when Everton played Liverpool in the derby – I’d rather be out on the pitch.”
Everton have done well despite Coleman being unavailable. The Toffees have managed some good results in his absence and he knows he will not be able to walk straight back into the team.
He added: “It’s not nice being on the sidelines but thankfully results have been going well here at Everton. The lads have done brilliant and in the next few days I have to go out there and show the manager that I am right back at it and ready for selection again.”
Coleman has made himself one of the most consistent full-backs in the league over the past few years and he will be desperate to get on the pitch against Man United. The battle between the 27-year-old and Memphis Depay on United’s left wing could be pivotal in the game and United supporters will want their Dutch winger to get one over the right-back.