Morning Sports Update

SOCCER

Seamus Coleman has made his return to training with Everton.

The Republic of Ireland captain has been out since March of last year, when he suffered a broken leg in the World Cup qualifier with Wales at the Aviva.


Everton manager Sam Allardyce told the club’s A-G-M last night that the 29-year old has resumed training with the first team squad.

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola says his side showed how they never give up in the first leg of their League Cup semi-final with Bristol City.

Sergio Aguero’s injury time header helped them come from behind to take a 2-1 lead in the tie.

Guardiola says, their Championship opponents are certainly no pushovers………………..

Chelsea and Arsenal play the first leg of their semi final tonight at Stamford Bridge.

Antonio Conte says that tonight’s game has come to soon for their new signing from Everton Ross Barkley.

While his Arsenal counterpart Arsene Wenger is facing an injury headache with Shkodran Mustafi and Granit Xhaka both fitness doubts.

Kick off at the Bridge is at 8.

Martin O’Neill’s name remains in the frame for the vacant manager’s job at Stoke City.

It’s after one of the favourites – Gary Rowett – signed a new contract that will keep him at Derby County until 2021.

O’Neill has agreed but not signed a new deal with the F-A-I, and is one of the favourites to take over at the Bet 3-6-5 Stadium along with former West Ham boss, Slaven Bilic.

RUGBY

Johnny Sexton says he is frustrated at media coverage surrounding a recent head injury he sustained.

The Leinster out-half completed return to play protocols last week and featured off the bench against Ulster after suffering a head injury against Exeter in the Champions Cup.

The 32-year-old was stood down by a doctor for 12 weeks in 2014 after he suffered a number of head injuries inside a short period of time.

Sexton insists he was not concussed though on this occasion even though there was some confusion over the HIA.

The Ireland international maintains that he has had three concussions in his career and says he is tired of the stigma of being associated with repeated brain injuries:………………..

Meanwhile, Ulster could be about to sign a World Cup-winner to solve their out-half shortage.

Former All Black Stephen Donald is set to sign for the province on a short-term deal.

Back-up is required at Kingspan Stadium, with Christian Lealiifano (PR: Leah-lee-fah-no) leaving Ulster when their Champions Cup Pool 1 is completed.

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