Coleman upbeat but faces frustrating lay-off

Alan Foley

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Alan Foley

Seamus Coleman has vowed to do all in his power to get back playing after it was revealed a torn ankle ligament means the Killybegs native will face an injury lay-off ahead of the new season.

Seamus Coleman has vowed to do all in his power to get back playing after it was revealed a torn ankle ligament means the Killybegs native will face an injury lay-off ahead of the new season.

The 22-year-old was a victim of a heavy challenge from Spain international Carlos Marchena during Friday’s 1-0 friendly defeat against Villarreal at Goodison Park. While x-rays afterwards confirmed Coleman had not suffered a break, further scans on Monday revealed ligament damage.

The former St Catherine’s and Sligo Rovers player, who is suspended for the first two games of the new Premier League campaign after being sent-off against Chelsea on the final day of last season, will visit a specialist later this week as he begins his recuperation from the injury but it is too early to put a timescale on the recovery.

Everton are due to face Tottenham Hotspur at White Harte Lane on Saturday, although the violent situation in London means a question-mark remains over the game, while they welcome newly promoted Queen’s Park Rangers to Merseyside on Saturday week.

“Seamus has torn the lateral ligament in his right ankle,” Everton head physio Danny Donachie said. “He will be visiting a specialist in London later this week for further assessment.”

The injury also meant Coleman was deprived of winning a fifth international cap for the Republic of Ireland cap last night against Croatia at the Aviva Stadium, having been on the winning team in all four of his first four appearances for Giovanni Trapattoni’s side - against Wales, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Italy.

Coleman will miss next month’s Euro 2012 fixtures against Russia in Moscow and Slovakia in Dublin and it remains unsure if he will be available for the final two outings of the campaign against Andorra and Armenia.

Writing on his Twitter page this week, an upbeat Coleman said: ‘Thanks for all the kind messages over the weekend! Disappointed to miss the start of season but injuries are part of football! Going to do everything possible to get back fit as soon as I can. Got to stay positive! Thanks again.”

Everton captain Phil Neville has hailed Coleman as a ‘warrior’ and backed the Republic of Ireland international to make a speedy recovery from his ankle injury. Neville believes Coleman’s strength of character will help him return quickly from this unwanted injury set-back.

“Everyone knows what I think of Seamus, he’s a fantastic character and a great person to have around the place,” Neville told evertontv. “We have a real strong bond, we take the mickey out of each other but there’s a real respect between us both, I respect him just as much as he respects me.

“He’ll be missed over the next couple of weeks, we wish him a speedy recovery and hopefully the scans and the treatment is good. With the attitude he has, he’ll have no problems coming back fully fit. He’s a real warrior and someone you’d like to go to war with - I’ll personally miss him and I know the team will.”