By Michael Brown

4th Mar, 2020 | 11:28am

'Real shame' - Exclusive: Brown reacts to disappointing Everton player update

Michael Brown admits it is a “real shame” to see Everton defender Seamus Coleman sidelined with an injury picked up over the weekend.

The former Tottenham and Portsmouth midfielder, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, insists the experience and quality of the Republic of Ireland midfielder will be a big miss.

International boss Mick McCarthy has revealed he has been told the 31-year-old will be out for between four to six weeks, having lasted less than half an hour versus Manchester United on Sunday afternoon.

The long-serving defender is also Everton captain, with Leighton Baines and Lucas Digne taking the armband in his absence.

Brown insists that losing the right-back will be a bitter pill for the Toffees to swallow.

Brown told Football Insider: “I think you know with Seamus, that desire, that determination. He’s a leader to the rest of his teammates.

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“Away from that, I’ve seen some really great performances, one-v-one in tight areas I think he does very, very well. He’s a combative sort of player and I think he does well.

“It will be a real shame because that little bit of experience, that little bit of grit. You see down that right-hand side with Walcott, they’ve got a lot of experience.” 

Coleman has played 21 times across all competitions for the Toffees this season, battling it out with Djibril Sidibe for a place in the starting XI.

He has a total of 310 appearances under his belt for the club and 56 caps for his country.

In other Everton news, the club are set to announce a blockbuster deal this month.