Friday 28 July 2017

'He is one of the best professionals I’ve ever worked with' - Ronald Koeman's touching tribute to Seamus Coleman

Ronald Koeman, Manager of Everton. Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images
Ronald Koeman, Manager of Everton. Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Everton manager Ronald Koeman has offered some emotional words of support for Seamus Coleman, after his full-back suffered a broken leg in last Friday’s World Cup qualifier against Wales at the Aviva Stadium.

Ireland captain Coleman looks set to miss the rest of 2017 after a double leg break suffered in a chilling clash with Wales defender Neil Taylor, with Koeman offering this touching tribute to the stricken 28-year-old.

“It’s a big, big blow for the player and a big, big blow for the club,” Koeman told the Everton website. “It takes time for everybody to come to terms with something like this and, of course, that is felt most deeply by Seamus himself.

“He was in pain when we spoke - it is normal to have some pain after such an injury – and, naturally, he was feeling very down. This is all normal, but he knows he will have a lot of support and the reaction of Evertonians, their thoughts and good wishes and the reaction of so many other people as well who follow the game will mean a lot to Seamus.

“In all my years in football, Seamus is one of the best professionals I’ve ever worked with at any club.

“His dedication to the game, his attitude and motivation are always where they should be and that’s 100 per cent, and he’s like that in training every day as well as in games.

“That mentality will really be helpful to him now in not only coming to terms with what has happened but in setting out on the road to recovery and, over time, in him building himself once more to the level he has maintained over many years here at Everton. That strength of character will be a big, big thing.”

Independent.ie understands that Coleman is likely to spend the first part of his period of recuperation in Ireland, before returning to Liverpool where a recovery programme is already being drawn up by Everton’s medical staff.

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