It is 317 days since Seamus Coleman last togged out for his club Everton. It now looks like his prolonged absence is set to end as Sam Allardyce has confirmed Coleman is in the squad for Wednesday night’s Premier League game against Leicester City at Goodison Park.
Coleman's double leg break in that infamous clash with Wales ruled him out for 11 months, but the Irishman returned for Everton's U23s last week as he moved towards his full return senior football.
In an interview with the Times, Coleman recently spoke about the similar injury his friend and team-mate James McCarthy suffered earlier this month and the impact this had on him.
Every day I go out, every week I go out, I am going to play the best I can so that he sees there is a way back. That is my motivation now. If I can play as best as I can, then he can see me on a Saturday on Match of the Day setting up goals, scoring goals, and that is the perfect motivation for him. There wasn’t anything that came flooding back to me or flashbacks, I was just devastated for my best friend in football.
It is a big shock for him and a big shock for his family. I have seen him and he will be back, there is no doubt about that. I will be there for him.