By Will Butcher
Leon Osman believes Seamus Coleman will come back “better, fitter and stronger” after the Everton ace suffered a horrific broken leg.
Coleman, 28, sustained the long-term injury during Ireland’s 2018 World Cup qualifier against Wales at the Aviva Stadium, after a dangerous tackle from Aston Villa’s Neil Taylor.
Former Toffees midfielder Osman told Everton’s official website that he believes Coleman’s character will help him return an even better player.
“He was playing for Sligo Rovers in the Irish league when he was 20 so he’s got a real appreciation for the game. He’s a real nice, genuine lad,” Coleman said.
“Knowing him though, he’ll come back better, fitter and stronger. That’s the type of character he is. He doesn’t carry any of the arrogance a lot of footballers have.”
Former Swansea defender Taylor received a red card for his tackle on Friday night, as the two countries drew 0-0 at the Aviva Stadium.
Coleman, who wore the armband during the home nations clash, is now set to undergo surgery on the injury and will miss the rest of the 2016-17 campaign.
The 42-time international has been in strong form with Merseyside outfit Everton this season, scoring four times and providing another four assists from the right side of defence.
As well as helping his side keeping 10 clean sheets during his 28 league and cup encounters this season, Coleman’s injury will come as a huge blow to Ronald Koeman’s side ahead of their Premier League run-in.
Coleman will be forced to watch from the stands ahead of April 1’s Merseyside derby against Liverpool at Anfield, as the Toffees look to close in on the top six.
In other Everton news, Shane Long has revealed what Taylor did following the injury.