By Will Butcher
Ronald Koeman believes Everton defender Seamus Coleman will make a full recovery because of his strong character and loving family.
Coleman, 28, broke his leg during Ireland’s 0-0 draw against Wales in a 2018 World Cup qualifier. Aston Villa defender Neil Taylor receive a red card for the tackle.
Toffees boss Koeman has told Everton’s official website that the flying right-back also has the full support of his extended family at Goodison Park, as he looks to recover.
But the former Southampton boss believes Ireland captain Coleman will come back as good as ever because of his mental strength and those closest to him.
“He is a really strong character and he has a great family around him,” Koeman said. “We, his extended family at Everton, will be here for him to help him get through this over the coming days, weeks and months.
“Seamus will face a lengthy recovery period and we will support him throughout this.”
Coleman, who signed from Irish outfit Sligo Rovers back in 2009, will now undergo surgery and is expected to miss the rest of the season.
The right-back’s injury will come as a huge blow to Koeman, with Coleman being one of the first names on his Everton team sheet.
Playing a pivotal part in his side keeping 10 clean sheets this season, Coleman has scored four times and provided another four assists during his 28 league and cup appearances.
Coleman will be forced to watch from the stands as the Toffees look to close in on the top six with three points against Merseyside rivals Liverpool on April 1.
In other Everton news, Shane Long has revealed what Taylor did following the injury.