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Everton relieved by latest Coleman diagnosis after fears he’d never play again

Date Posted,March 27, 2017

Everton are confident Seamus Coleman will make it back from his career-threatening double-leg break.

The Toffees’ Republic of Ireland international defender is highly unlikely to play again in 2017 after his tibia and fibia were snapped in a sickening tackle by Wales’ Neil Taylor during a World Cup qualifier on Friday night.

Right-back Coleman could be out for a full year, but that is seen as good news by his Merseyside club amid fears that the injury was so severe it could have prevented him from ever kicking a ball in anger again.

The best-case scenario would see him sidelined for seven to nine months.

“He is positive he’ll be back as good as ever” said Koeman after visiting Coleman in hospital (Photo: Action Images via Reuters)

The 28-year-old had surgery in Dublin to fix the fracture, and afterwards, specialists declared the procedure a big success.

And his club boss Ronald Koeman has been briefed that the defender can make a complete recovery.

Koeman is happy about that – but far less pleased with Ireland’s treatment of fellow Evertonian James McCarthy.

“I saw Seamus at the hospital on Sunday and he is positive that he will be back and as good as ever,” Ireland boss Martin O’Neill said yesterday.

“Great players have broken their legs and come back, and Seamus, obviously it’s very early for him to start considering all those things, but he is positive.

“Naturally, he is still pretty down about it – as he would be as the realisation that he is going to be out of action for quite some considerable time has dawned on him.

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