Seamus Coleman: 'The support I have had from the people of Ireland is almost hard to explain'
Seamus Coleman says that support from all corners of Ireland and beyond helped him through his road to recovery from the pain of his leg break.
And he says that his starring performance in last night's Premier League win over Leicester was just the start of proving that he has returned as a stronger player.
Coleman has been moved by the amount of good wishes he has received since he was struck down in the World Cup qualifier with Wales last March.
Speaking exclusively to the Irish Independent after the Leicester match, Coleman said he was determined to reward their support.
"I could see there was a build-up around here to me being involved," he said. "The fans were all excited - I could tell from the reception I got, but it was important for me to blank that out. I needed to perform well. That was my focus.
"Now that the game has gone well and we've won, I can reflect a bit on the support that I've got. And I really appreciate it, the support I've had from day one from all corners. Starting with my family and going back to the people of Ireland and people of Donegal in the early days, which is something I'll never forget. It's almost hard to explain.
"And obviously then, when I moved back over here after that month at home, the support I've had from all Evertonians has been great and I just wanted to repay that faith. I fully believed going into that game that I'd be fitter and stronger than everyone else. Every little thing I've received has helped."
For Coleman's thoughts on Martin O'Neill, his Danish regrets and the mental strength required to come back, read his exclusive interview with Daniel McDonnell in tomorrow's Irish Independent