The Irishman was a doubt for today's season-opener against Tottenham Hotspur with an ankle injury and tests have now confirmed that he will be out of action for longer than just this weekend.
Ronald Koeman delivered the news before kick-off that Coleman will be sidelined for "several weeks", a development that complicates the Dutchman's plans because the Blues have no experienced cover at the right-back position.
The manager had indicated previously that he expects to sign a maximum of four players before this month's transfer deadline, with a winger, another centre half, a striker and goalkeeper assumed to be his priorities so it's unclear if he will change his plans given the Coleman news.
Koeman opted for a back three in the 1-1 draw with Spurs, with James McCarthy and then substitute Tom Cleverley deployed in the right wing-back role and Mason Holgate selected in the centre.
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1 Posted 13/08/2016 at 17:14:54
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5 Posted 13/08/2016 at 20:43:08
Seamus is one of our stronger players.
6 Posted 13/08/2016 at 21:13:34
8 Posted 13/08/2016 at 21:34:42
9 Posted 13/08/2016 at 22:03:49
10 Posted 13/08/2016 at 22:40:50
Overall a fine effort from him and McCarthy on that side, but Seamus will definitely be missed.
11 Posted 14/08/2016 at 09:26:20
Not a 'hands on hips' merchant and I would imagine he figures strongly in the Gaffer's plans. Hope he makes a quick recovery.
13 Posted 15/08/2016 at 17:06:05
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