Osman on Coleman: "He'll come back better, fitter and stronger"

The pair were teammates for seven seasons

BY Simon Maguire 14:26 Sunday 26 March 2017, 14:26 26 Mar 2017

Picture by: Peter Byrne/PA Archive/PA Images

Former Everton midfielder Leon Osman expects Seamus Coleman to make a full recovery from the horrific injury he sustained against Wales and to come back an even better player.

Speaking to evertonfc.com the former club teammate of the Republic of Ireland international said: "I’m absolutely gutted for him. I wish him all the best and a speedy recovery. Knowing him, though, he’ll come back better, fitter and stronger. That’s the type of character he is.

“He was playing for Sligo Rovers in the Irish league when he was 20 so he’s got a real appreciation for the game. He’s a real nice, genuine lad - he doesn’t carry any of the arrogance a lot of footballers have.

“I’ve got all the time in the world for him. He’s one of the genuine nice guys in football. It’s upsetting it’s happened to any player, never mind such a top guy in Seamus.

“Seamus is the type of guy who will be devastated but he’ll work his socks off to get back as quick as he can.

"Watching the game, the moment it happened, Evertonians were devastated to lose such an influential character - he’s a future captain of Everton Football Club. It’s a big loss and everyone felt it.

“Everyone loves Seamus and will be desperate to get him back as quickly as he possibly can," he added.

Coleman underwent surgery on his injury and is expected to return in early 2018. 

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