PICTURES: Seamus Coleman back running four months after double leg break against Wales
Republic of Ireland captain and Everton right-back Seamus Coleman has started running again just four months after he underwent surgery on a fractured right tibia and fibula he suffered in a World Cup qualifier back in March.
Taylor fractured both bones in a horror challenge with Wales' Neil Taylor in the second-half of a dour 0-0 draw at the Aviva Stadium, and just 140 days after the challenge, the Ireland skipper has resumed running at USM Finch Farm, Everton's training ground in Halewood, Liverpool.
A statement on the club's website read:
"Here’s a sight to bring a smile to the faces of Evertonians.
"Seamus Coleman has stepped up his rehabilitation from a broken leg by working outdoors at USM Finch Farm.
"The defender went through running exercises with club medical staff at the Blues' training ground as he continues his recovery."
Coleman was initially expected to be sidelined for 12 months after the injury, however, former Manchester United and Southampton physio Matt Radcliffe, who has helped to ease Manchester United Luke Shaw back to full fitness following his double leg break last season, believes Coleman could be playing again as early as December.
In an interview with Independent.ie, Radcliffe has set out a roadmap for Coleman’s comeback and 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.”