Thursday 12 December 2019

Seamus Coleman: I feel like a footballer again

Everton right-back suffered a double fracture of the leg while representing the Republic of Ireland in March 2017.

Seamus Coleman
Seamus Coleman

By Andy Hampson, Press Association Sport

Seamus Coleman claims he feels like a footballer again after returning to action from serious injury.

The Republic of Ireland international played 58 minutes for Everton Under-23s in a game against Portsmouth at Goodison Park on Tuesday.

It was the 29-year-old defender’s first match action since suffering a double fracture of the leg while representing his country in March 2017.

Coleman told the club’s website, “To be able to walk out of the tunnel and see the stadium was great. I managed to get some minutes under my belt and that was fantastic. I treated it like a first-team game and gave it everything.

“I’ve been looking forward to that moment for the last few months – just being able to get the kit on, doing up the shin-pads, rolling my socks up and walking out there. It was great to be able to feel like a footballer again – it’s a fantastic feeling.”

Coleman, who suffered his injury in a heavy challenge from Wales’ Neil Taylor at the Aviva Stadium, showed his determination to get back into first-team contention by making a strong tackle in the early stages.

He said: “I knew tackles and things like that were never going to be a bother. That one was more for the few fans that were here (to show) that there are no psychological effects.”

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