Saturday 21 April 2018

'It's like my first day all over again' - Coleman starts long return to action

Seamus Coleman.
Seamus Coleman.

Carl Markham

Everton defender Seamus Coleman is relishing the challenge of fighting his way back to fitness following the horrific double break of his leg.

The Republic of Ireland international was injured captaining his country in a World Cup qualifier against Wales in Dublin on March 25 and, having had an operation and some time off back in his homeland, he has returned to Merseyside this week to begin his rehabilitation in earnest.

"It's great to be back, nice to see everyone again - it's like my first day all over again," the right-back told evertontv.

"Obviously, I'd rather be fit and well but I've had a good month at home in Ireland to get my head around everything and now I'm ready to get back to work.

"I've had tough journeys before in the past. It hasn't been a smooth journey to play for Everton and to captain my country.

"I'm a fighter and there's a part of me that's looking forward to this challenge. It's something to start all over again and fight for."

Coleman was grateful for the hundreds of messages of support he has received from well-wishers, which also included a visit from manager Ronald Koeman and captain Phil Jagielka while he was recuperating in Ireland.

"Until something like this happens you don't always realise how fortunate you are to play for this club, to play for the national team and to have all that support behind me," he added.

"The manager came over to see me with Jags and a couple of staff members. (Republic manager) Martin O'Neill came over to see me as well, so the support has been brilliant."

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