Everton manager Sam Allardyce was greatly impressed with Seamus Coleman’s comeback game on Wednesday night.
The Ireland captain completed the full 90 minutes at Goodison Park in his familiar right-back slot as the Toffees ended a run of six Premier League matches without victory in defeating Leicester City 2-1.
Speaking to the media on Friday morning ahead of Everton’s clash with Arsenal on Saturday, Allardyce said he had never seen anything like Coleman’s recovery from a broken leg sustained on international duty over ten months ago – though he also hinted that there was no guarantee that the former Sligo Rovers man would start at the Emirates this weekend:
“I don’t normally go this far – but it was almost superhuman.
“I have never seen anyone come back from 10 months out and perform for 90 minutes [like that]. The character of the man is a great example for particularly the young players at Everton.
“Now we have to make sure we keep him fit and in the team every week if we can. We will have an assessment of him this morning over whether we can play him again. That’s a big decision – although I know for a fact that he will say he’s fine! We will take everything into consideration and make a decision”
Allardyce had previously expressed his excitement at the prospect of Coleman linking up with Theo Walcott on Everton’s right flank, though Allardyce’s most recent comments suggest that the defender may be eased back into action after such a long time on the sidelines.