Coleman’s injury not as bad as first feared

Alan Foley

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Alan Foley

Seamus Coleman has not suffered a broken foot despite needing hospital treatment for an injury during Everton’s 1-0 friendly defeat by Villarreal at Goodison on Friday night.

Seamus Coleman has not suffered a broken foot despite needing hospital treatment for an injury during Everton’s 1-0 friendly defeat by Villarreal at Goodison on Friday night.

The 22-year-old midfielder was the victim of a late first-half tackle by Spain midfielder Carlos Marchena and was carried from the field. Initial tests revealed he escaped any fractures. Coleman will undergo further scans tomorrow to determine whether he has ligament damage. David Moyes’ men were beaten courtesy of a stunning free-kick by Italian striker Giuseppe Rossi.

Coleman was unavailable for next weekend’s league curtain raiser at Tottenham Hotspur after his red card against Chelsea in May and will play no part in the Republic of Ireland’s international friendly against Croatia in Dublin on Wednesday.

“We think it is ankle ligament damage, but we are not sure until there is a scan,” Everton coach Steve Round said. “There is no fracture. It was a bit naughty the challenge and their manager and the player have been in to apologise.”