Thursday 17 August 2017

Watch: Seamus Coleman opens up on coming to terms with his horrific leg break

Seamus Coleman. Photo: Tony McArdle/Everton FC via Getty Images
Seamus Coleman. Photo: Tony McArdle/Everton FC via Getty Images
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Ireland captain Seamus Coleman has revealed that he has watched TV replays of the horrific tackle from Wales defender Neil Taylor that broke his leg in two places, after he admitted he needed to get over the psychological effects of the horrific injury.

Coleman is back with his club Everton as he steps up his recovery from an injury that leaves physical and mental scars, as he confirmed in an interview with the club’s TV channel.

“I knew straight away when it happened (it was broken) and the initial thought was to hold it and make sure that no-one tried to lift me up and try to take a quick free-kick,” Coleman stated.

“I have watched it back, I have watched it all back. Some players psychologically don’t want to, but I think it is better just to get it out of the way.

“I have seen it back and it is fine. I have got over all that. Obviously it wasn’t nice, but it happens.

“My family have been great to me over the last few weeks and their support will get me through.

“It will be tough at times, but this is still the best job in the world and I have to take a positive out of it.”

Coleman went on to explain the kind of work he has been doing in the early stages of his rehabilitation, as he offered an upbeat view of his recovery.

“I have been in the gym doing some upper body, exercises in the gym on my leg, and I have been in the pool doing aquajogging and walking up and down, just to get the movements back,” he added.

“There will be a lot of treatment as well, to help the swelling, but the pain has gone, so I am quite upbeat at the minute.”

Former Manchester United physio Matt Radcliffe suggested Coleman could be back on the field before the end of 2017 if he avoid complications in the next few months.

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