Seamus Coleman was the subject of signs of support at Goodison Park on Sunday as Everton fans held banners aloft for their stricken defender who was injured in the Republic of Ireland’s World Cup qualifier with Wales last month following a horror tackle by Neil Taylor.
While the worldwide support will boost the 28-year-old’s morale, reports today suggest the Irish captain could be back in action before the end of the year, which would be a massive lift for the former Sligo Rovers man, Everton and Ireland.
According to former Manchester United and Southampton physiotherapist Matt Radcliffe (via the Irish Independent), Coleman could be playing again by December.
The physio has laid out a detailed plan to get Coleman back to full fitness after helping Manchester United’s Luke Shaw recover from a horror injury suffered in September 2015.
“There is no reason why Coleman should not be back in training in November and playing again a few weeks later.
“The big concern with an injury like this is nerve damage, but if it was a clean break and there are no infections or complications from the operation, I would expect Coleman to be back in training later this year and he could play again in 2017.”
Going on to discuss Luke Shaw’s horrific double leg break away to PSV Eindhoven in September 2015, Radcliffe had this to say:
“You look at Luke Shaw’s injury with Manchester United last season and he had a double leg break in September. He was all-but ready to return in April, but United were keen not to rush him back for vital end of season games.
“So I would not be so pessimistic about Coleman’s injury. There are always issues surrounding the mental side of recovering from this kind of injury because there can be psychological scars left.
“A player needs to convince himself that he can go in to the same challenges he did before the injury, but Coleman strikes me as a strong-minded guy and I think he will be fine.
“I would not be surprised to see Coleman getting back into training at some point later this year and there should be every chance that he could play again in 2017.”
Damien McEvoy, Pundit Arena