Seamus Coleman injury update: Everton captain hoping to return soon

Everton captain Seamus Coleman has issued a fresh injury update as he continues to recover from a knee injury sustained last season.

Coleman had to miss the final few weeks of the previous season after injuring his knee ligaments during a 2-2 draw with Leicester City at the King Power Stadium in May. The injury occurred near the end of the first half as the full-back challenged Boubakary Soumare.

He was first thought to have sustained ACL damage, which would have kept him out indefinitely. However, while the Republic of Ireland international did suffer ligament damage, it was not as severe as first thought.

Coleman, who signed a new one-year contract with the club in June, had surgery before the conclusion of last season and has been rehabbing at Finch Farm since. When asked for an update on his progress, the 34-year-old replied that everything is going as planned.

“I am just working away in the gym, rehab, and getting it strong again, but everything is going well and everything is going to plan,” he told Off The Ball. “I’m looking forward to getting back whenever that is.”

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Coleman was speaking to the Irish broadcaster ahead of Sunday’s All-Ireland football final at Croke Park.

Coleman joined Everton from Sligo Rovers in January 2009 for £60,000 and has made 409 appearances for the club, ranking him 17th in the all-time list.

Coleman is also the Premier League’s longest-serving player, and he is only three games away from breaking Tim Howard’s (354) record for most appearances for Everton. 

The 34-year-old was named Club captain in 2019 – just 12 players have led Everton more times than Coleman – and has also captained the Republic of Ireland, gaining 68 caps for his country since making his international debut in 2011.

The Blues captain recently signed a new one-year contract until the end of June 2024, which shows how integral Coleman is for Everton.

Everton Chairman Bill Kenwright also highlighted the importance of Coleman, saying:

“Seamus is an Evertonian, a leader – but even more importantly, he is a sincere and genuine man. We all look to Seamus to set the best example. And he always does – on and off the pitch.

“One of my favourite ever off-the-pitch moments was when Seamus received one of his many End of Season awards.

“I’ve said it often, Seamus Coleman is one of this Club’s greatest heroes in its 145-year history.”