Everton boss Ronald Koeman has paid the ultimate tribute to injured defender Seamus Coleman.
Coleman’s season was ended on Friday night after he suffered a horrific leg-break during the Republic of Ireland’s World Cup qualifier against Wales.
The Republic captain underwent surgery on Saturday afternoon before being released from hospital today and is expected to be our for at least six months.
Professional’s around the world have shown their respect to the 28-year-old, however, boss Ronald Koeman has tonight praised his full-back.
The former Southampton boss took charge of Everton in the summer and has guided them to seventh in the table, six points behind city rivals Liverpool in fourth.
Tonight, he paid tribute to Coleman as he branded him “one of the best professionals he has ever worked with”.
“In all my years in football, Seamus is one of the best professionals I’ve ever worked with at any club.
“His dedication to the game, his attitude and motivation are always where they should be and that’s 100 per cent, and he’s like that in training every day as well as in games.
“That mentality will really be helpful to him now in not only coming to terms with what has happened but in setting out on the road to recovery and, over time, in him building himself once more to the level he has maintained over many years here at Everton. That strength of character will be a big, big thing.”
The Dutch boss also stated how much of a blow it is to lose a player of Coleman’s stature, as he told the Everton website: “It’s a big, big blow for the player and a big, big blow for the Club,” Koeman said. “It takes time for everybody to come to terms with something like this and, of course, that is felt most deeply by Seamus himself.