By Matt Farr
FIFA are set to pay in full the wages of Everton right-back Seamus Coleman as he recovers from injury, according to a report.
The Sun claim that football’s governing body will pay the 28-year-old’s wages, thought to be around £50,000-per-week, throughout his recovery from a horrific injury.
Coleman suffered a nightmare setback during the 0-0 draw between Wales and Republic of Ireland on Friday night, when he was stretchered off and admitted to hospital following a reckless challenge from Neil Taylor.
It was later confirmed that the Everton first teamer had suffered a double leg break, and could spend the next six months on the sidelines.
The absence of Coleman for the crucial end of season run-in could be a major loss for Everton, but they are understood to have been handed a significant financial boost from FIFA.
The emphatic gesture comes as part of FIFA’s club protection programme which offers compensation to clubs if one of their players is injured whilst on international duty.
Coleman has been an important player for Everton this season, contributing four goals and four assists from 26 Premier League appearances.
He has been part of an Everton side that has kept four clean sheets from their last five Premier League outings, but his season has been abruptly cut short by his latest devastating injury setback.
The Republic of Ireland international had missed the start of the season due to an ankle injury, but had been ever-present at the Merseyside club since.
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