Seamus Coleman has completed his long road to recovery tonight, starting for Everton Under-23s against Portsmouth.
Coleman had not played since he suffered the injury against Wales in March 2017. The full-back is currently in action after returning to training in recent weeks.
There was an almost scripted moment early in the game, as Coleman's team-mate Phil Jagielka was on co-commentary. Jagielka was asked about James McCarthy during the game, who had suffered a similar fate to Coleman when he broke his leg last weekend.
After McCarthy suffered the injury Seamus Coleman left his seat in the director's box to go and console him.
Tonight, Jagielka described how his McCarthy would be aided by his 'best-mate' Coleman being there for him. He also explained that McCarthy had been there for Coleman. As he was speaking, Coleman put in a thumping challenge as a firm indicator that he is back.
It's 311 days since Seamus Coleman has played for Everton. Jagielka, who did a serious ligament injury in 2009, explained as a defender who returns from such an injury a time will come where you are forced to put in a challenge and prove your fully recovered. It seems that time came earlier than expected for Coleman.
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