By Matt Farr
Medical expert Matt Radcliffe believes Seamus Coleman could be back in action for Everton before the end of the year.
Coleman, 28, was dealt a shattering blow during the international break last month, suffering a double leg-break as a result of a heavy challenge from Neil Taylor.
The Everton defender was initially expected to be sidelined for up to 12 months, but top medical expert Radcliffe hints that he could be back in action as early as December.
Radcliffe helped ease Manchester United full back Luke Shaw back to full fitness following his double leg break last season, and offered an encouraging diagnosis of Coleman’s injury for Everton fans.
He told Independent.ie: “There is no reason why Coleman should not be back in training in November and playing again a few weeks later.
“I would not be so pessimistic about Coleman’s injury. There are always issues surrounding the mental side of recovering from this kind of injury, but Coleman strikes me as a strong-minded guy and I think he will be fine.
“I would not be surprised to see Coleman getting back into training at some point later this year and there should be every chance that he could play again in 2017.”
Everton fans will of course take considerable encouragement from Radcliffe’s diagnosis, given the extent of his medical knowledge.
However, a similar diagnosis from a member of the Everton medical team more closely associated with Coleman’s injury would be an even bigger boost.
Coleman has been a valuable player for the club both in defence and attack this season, contributing four goals and four assists from 28 appearances.
But Everton’s young players, in particular Mason Holgate, have stepped up well in his absence to soften the blow of losing a key man for a prolonged period.
A move for a right-back this summer has also been reported in the media, with Tottenham’s Kieran Trippier understood to be on the Everton radar as a contingency plan.
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