Martin O’Neill: Seamus Coleman in better spirits


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Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill has revealed right-back Seamus Coleman is in better spirits as he prepares to leave hospital on Wednesday.

The Everton star suffered a double break of his right leg on Friday night when he clashed with Wales’ Neil Taylor.

The Aston Villa man was sent off for the challenge and Coleman received oxygen before leaving the field of play.

Friday’s 0-0 draw was marred by the injury and Coleman had surgery on Saturday and is now preparing to start his rehabilitation.

After fracturing both his tibia and fibula, Coleman was said to be struggling to come to terms with the injury but O’Neill has now claimed he is thinking positively.

Speaking after his side’s 1-0 friendly defeat to Iceland on Tuesday night, he said: “He’s getting out tomorrow, I think. “Seamus is doing much better.

I went to see him again. He’s in better spirits. It’s as much to do with he’s still got the family around – his brother, his wife, his mother and the youngster all keeping him pretty busy.

“If anybody is going to come roaring back from this injury, it will certainly be him.”

Coleman’s injury could see him miss the majority of next season and it comes as a blow to Everton, who are preparing to face rivals Liverpool in the Merseyside derby.

Jurgen Klopp’s side are 1.67 favourites to win at Anfield, the draw is 3.80 and Everton are priced at 5.50.

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