Friday 22 September 2017

Watch: Everton wish Seamus Coleman well with heartwarming tribute video

Credit - Everton FC Facebook
Credit - Everton FC Facebook

Jack O'Toole

Everton FC have paid tribute to Ireland captain Seamus Coleman with an endearing 'get well soon' video after the 28-year-old fractured both his tibia and fibula during Ireland's World Cup qualifier with Wales last Friday in Dublin.

Coleman underwent surgery on Saturday morning to amend the fractures on his lower right leg, with the Ireland right-back potentially facing anywhere between nine to twelve months on the sidelines.

The Killybegs native's injury will leave both Ireland and Everton short at right-back for the rest of their respective campaigns, but Ireland manager Martin O'Neill insisted that his next conversation with Everton manager Ronald Koeman will not be a frosty ordeal, even if the two managers have clashed on player availability in the past.

"This happens in the game, somebody's made a bad tackle on a player, and the player's lost," said O'Neill.

"At club level, I've lost players in the past. Let me be clear, I asked to speak with Ronald a couple of weeks ago, and he refused to do so, which is fine, not a problem. But Seamus Coleman's injury can happen in the game."

O'Neill insisted that Coleman will be missed by both Ireland and Everton and that he played a pivotal role in Ireland qualifying for the Euros in France last summer.

"His contribution is massive," added O'Neill. "He's had a big, big part to play in us getting to play in the Euros, his performance there, taking the captaincy on, he's a big presence around the place, I couldn't stress how much. His commitment to us, his drive and determination - all of those things will be badly missed.

"When I saw him holding his leg, it didn't look great, I admit. I was pretty shaken by it. Do you know what, to say I'm disappointed for the player is an understatement, I think it puts things in perspective tonight.

"Coleman has just been fantastic since I arrived here. His attitude has been strong, it's not just his attitude, it's his playing ability, his whole demeanour, everything about him. He has great character, he's a great captain as well, considering he's so quiet off the field. He will be badly missed by us and by his club. He was having the season of a lifetime."

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