Everton boss Ronald Koeman and captain Phil Jagielka visit stricken Seamus Coleman in Donegal
Everton manager Ronald Koeman and skipper Phil Jagielka have travelled to Donegal to support Republic of Ireland captain Seamus Coleman in his rehabilitation from his gruesome leg break.
Koeman and Jagielka were joined by the Toffees fitness coach Jan Kluitenberg and the club’s head of medical services Matt Connery.
The Killybegs native could be out for up to a year after suffering a double leg fracture during the nil-all draw with Wales last month at the Aviva.
The 28-year-old appeared happy with the visit from his Goodison pals as he embarks on a tedious recovery from the horror injury.
Today we visit Seamus Coleman and his Family! Looking strong and positive pic.twitter.com/T0bSx5yCoI— Ronald Koeman (@RonaldKoeman) April 11, 2017
Ronald Koeman tweeted a pic today from the Northest that read: "Today we visit Seamus Coleman and his Family! Looking strong and positive."
“We made the visit to show our support for Seamus, the support of his teammates and the support he has from all Evertonians,” said Koeman. “Every player in these circumstances needs this level of support to recover well.
“Seamus is positive and he is feeling strong. He is really grateful for all of the messages he has received from Everton fans and from people all over the world.
“Before he comes back [to England] to start his rehabilitation, he will spend up to 10 more days at home in Killybegs before starting out on his recovery from the injury.”
The Everton quartet took with them a selection of the get-well-soon cards that have been sent to USM Finch Farm by football fans from all across the world.
In addition to the dozens of letters to arrive by post, the Club has also received almost 2,000 emails of support from locations as far and wide as Finland, Egypt, Bangladesh, Colombia and New Zealand.
Jagielka added: “We had a really good chat with Seamus and it was great to see him in such good spirits. He was smiling and feeling positive, which is all we can ask for. He knows we are all here to help him along the way.”
In an interview with Independent.ie, former Manchester United and Southampton physio Matt Radcliffe has set out a roadmap for Coleman’s comeback, as he provided a more upbeat diagnosis for the 28-year-old full-back.
“There is no reason why Coleman should not be back in training in November and playing again a few weeks later,” Radcliffe told us.
“The big concern with an injury like this is nerve damage, but if it was a clean break and there are no infections or complications from the operation, I would expect Coleman to be back in training later this year and he could play again in 2017.
“You look at Luke Shaw’s injury with Manchester United last season and he had a double leg break in September. He was all-but ready to return in April, but United were keen not to rush him back for vital end of season games.
“So I would not be so pessimistic about Coleman’s injury. There are always issues surrounding the mental side of recovering from this kind of injury because there can be psychological scars left.
“A player needs to convince himself that he can go in to the same challenges he did before the injury, but Coleman strikes me as a strong-minded guy and I think he will be fine.
“I would not be surprised to see Coleman getting back into training at some point later this year and there should be every chance that he could play again in 2017.”