Seamus Coleman made his comeback for Everton, starting Wednesday night’s clash against Leicester City after being out for ten months.
Coleman received widespread praise for his Man of the Match performance on his return to Goodison Park with the Ireland international getting a warm reception from the Everton faithful also.
The former Sligo Rovers man had played an under-23s match with Everton last week as he tried to quicken his recovery and make an appearance with the first team.
The 29-year-old comes back into the fray after suffering a broken leg against Wales in March last year and has not played a competitive match since.
The Donegal man was ecstatic with the love he received from the Toffees fans, telling Ocean FM that he won’t forget it quickly:
“It’s great to get the kit on and be out there. I had to blank out a little bit of the reception I got because I needed to focus fully on the job at hand.
“Now that the game is done I can appreciate the response I got from the fans. It’s a night I won’t forget.”
Everton boss Sam Allardyce was full of praise for Coleman after the game:
“Of course, I have to mention the man everybody loves here, which is Seamus Coleman, the instant combination and work he did with Theo Walcott was a pleasure for them to see and for me to see.
“Out for ten months, first game back, and then in the last two minutes of the game he runs 80 yards with the ball.”
— Everton (@Everton) January 31, 2018
Seamus Coleman will be hoping he can stay fit and injury-free for Everton as his Irish teammate James McCarthy is out until next season after receiving a horrendous leg brake against West Brom a couple of weeks ago.