Seamus Coleman’s cruel injury, suffered against Wales in March has robbed the Irish captain of his chance to lead his team to World Cup Qualification – yet the 28-year-old will still play a part of the qualification run in on the invitation of manager Martin O’Neill.
As reported in the Irish Independent, O’Neill has invited his captain to be part of the preparations ahead of the crucial visit of Austria to the Aviva next month and the Republic boss feels the presence of the Everton man around the camp will provide a huge boost to his team.
“He is coming and he wants to be here.
“He certainly wants to be here for the big game coming up, absolutely.
“Seamus has made some things happen for us. He got the goal against Georgia, he’s a big, big player for us, he’s the captain of the team and we would want him around. He was the one that was encouraging that himself.
“That (length of stay) will be entirely up to his programme. I don’t want to take away from what he is doing with Everton because he is in their hands at this minute but he will be here for the Austria game, and maybe a day or two before. The lads would love to see him.”
Both O’Neill and Everton boss Ronald Koeman visited the player at his home in Killybegs as he came to terms with the long lay-off following the horrendous tackle by Neil Taylor.
While both managers have their differences, both will be hoping Coleman can make a full recovery and return to action very much the player he was before his nasty injury, with the player signing a new five-year contract at Goodison Park in a boost to his recovery.
Coleman will be hoping a World Cup next summer in Russia can be part of his comeback.
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