Coleman likely to have suffered 'serious' knee injury at Leicester

02/05/2023 44comments  |  Jump to last

Everton fear that Seamus Coleman suffered a serious, season-ending injury during last night's pulsating 2-2 draw with Leicester City at the King Power Stadium.

The Club Captain was clattered by Boubakary Soumaré in the closing stages of the first half and had to be stretchered off in visible agony having lain prone on the turf clutching his knee in the immediate aftermath of the collision.

It was Coleman's first match back after a three-game lay-off with a hamstring problem and his return to the side had been a significant boost in the first 42 minutes of what was a massive game against a rival to beat the drop at the bottom of the Premier League.

Unfortunately, it looks as though he has played his last football of the 2022-23 campaign and, depending on the severity of the injury, perhaps his last game in an Everton jersey just three matches shy of breaking the club record for Premier League appearances.

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"It's really unfortunate," manager Sean Dyche said afterwards. "We're waiting on news. "It could be serious, a knee injury. I thought he was terrific.

"The medics have had a look at it and it doesn’t look great. We’ll hope for the very best for him.”


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Tony Everan
1 Posted 02/05/2023 at 07:23:26
It looked ominous that this was a real bad injury to knee ligaments. It’s going to be a difficult one to come back from at his age, I wish our captain all the best and a speedy recovery.

It says everything about his commitment and character that he was the most influential man on the pitch in the first half last night, after returning from injury.

I hope the lads can try their best to use this positively, and do the business for Seamus and the fans.

Tony Abrahams
2 Posted 02/05/2023 at 07:28:08
I said to my son that will be the last match Seamus Coleman ever plays, but I hope I’m wrong obviously.

Seamus Coleman is a proper footballer and a proper humble human being, and he’s definitely one of us, a real genuine Evertonian.

Jim Bennings
3 Posted 02/05/2023 at 08:04:12
Always the possibility that he can come back for a cameo goodbye maybe in 9 or 12 months, still only be 35 but you'd think that realistically that's all it would be now, it's more than likely his career done in terms of regular playing.
Robert Leigh
4 Posted 02/05/2023 at 08:37:48
The picture I saw did not look good, and being the same leg as the leg break a few years ago, I fear we've seen the last of Seamus in the Premier League for Everton.

However, if we go down (and the performance last night was very encouraging), I'd like to see him given a contract for next season. It wouldn't cost a lot, and his experience could be invaluable given the assumed squad turnover.

Eddie Dunn
5 Posted 02/05/2023 at 08:43:39
Poor Seamus, he is an absolute colossus in his commitment to his club and his country. I wouldn't write him off just yet. It all depends on how much damage was done.

If anything, it should increase the resolve of the squad to pull together and grind out the results.

Mark Ryan
6 Posted 02/05/2023 at 09:01:58
His legacy, along with being a true blue legend, who will never ignore the fans, will be rallying the fans as he was stretchered off with a serious leg injury. How much ? lol !! Legend
Paul Hewitt
7 Posted 02/05/2023 at 09:51:23
Seamus doesn't deserve to be associated with this bunch of losers.
Jack Convery
8 Posted 02/05/2023 at 09:54:31
Captain, our Captain. I wish him a speedy and full recovery. We are blessed to have him.
Geoff Trenner
9 Posted 02/05/2023 at 10:14:22
Great to see him encouraging the team whilst being stretchered off, clearly in pain.
A great player, a great human being. Was it Frank Lampard who told Seamus’s children that their daddy was the nicest man he had ever met?
Danny O’Neill
10 Posted 02/05/2023 at 10:16:09
We knew it was bad as soon as he went down and hardly moved.

You could see the concern from players on both sides.

Andy Crooks
11 Posted 02/05/2023 at 10:31:03
Anything of Premier League that has a shred of decency and integrity about it is epitomized by Seamus Coleman. Top player, top man. Evertonian. Hope he comes back.
Pat Kelly
12 Posted 02/05/2023 at 10:39:23
I think Séamus should and will retire. He went out fighting as befits his character. He doesn't deserve to end his career scrapping for survival in the Championship. He's from a dying breed of players who gave a damn about their Club and fans.
Duncan McDine
13 Posted 02/05/2023 at 11:22:13
The replay showed his knee bending in a direction that can only mean one thing – serious ligament damage.

Seamus is a fabulous footballer, person and proper Evertonian, but I fear that his career will probably now be at an end.

Kevin Prytherch
14 Posted 02/05/2023 at 11:34:18
We need him back for the run in next season if we’re going to avoid relegation to the Championship / League 1 (delete as appropriate).
Ernie Baywood
15 Posted 02/05/2023 at 11:41:02
You always hope a player can get back but in Seamus' case I hope someone makes that spot their own.

In all likelihood it's his last proper game in a blue shirt. And credit to him, he was the best player on the pitch until the injury.

Phenomenal what he's achieved. Would have loved him to win something with us.

Danny O’Neill
16 Posted 02/05/2023 at 11:43:55
Everything you say Andy @11.

Sadly, watching him on the pitch last night and speaking to those around me, who were in agreement, I think that is the last we've seen of Seamus as an Everton player.

It is still incredible he came back from that awful leg break.

But he did.

Maybe he can come back from this and give us a Swan Song. He deserves it and if there is one player who can do it, Seamus is the one.

The crowd were concerned, which demonstrates their compassion and continuously chanted his name. Sixty Grand ringing out.

Everton Warrior. I wish we had more like him.

Rennie Smith
17 Posted 02/05/2023 at 11:46:11
Heartbreaking to see him bow out like that, but it says everything about the man that even when he's in serious pain being carted off, he's geeing up the team and acknowledging the fans.

I know he's had his doubters in the past few years, but he was dropped in the shit by s'house managers and never backed away, he's never given anything less than total commitment.

But that's not all his game, there's a lot of quality and skill that I think gets underappreciated. Even last night, before he went off, he was the most influential player on the pitch for us.

They don't make footballers like Seamus anymore. If this is the last time, then thanks for the memories, fella, you can take your place next to Big Dunc in legend status.

Michael Lynch
18 Posted 02/05/2023 at 11:50:09
Lampard might have been a useless manager, but he got it right when talking about Seamus.

Absolute legend of a player and person, his like will not be seen again. He might have played for us during a period of mediocrity (at best), but he's a truly great Evertonian.

Gutted for him and for us.

Andy Crooks
19 Posted 02/05/2023 at 12:08:27
I would guess that there is only one person who can imagine Seamus in an Everton shirt again, Seamus himself. Therefore, it will happen.

Will, courage, belief, spirit and the love of Everton, that'll do. He will be back

Dave Williams
20 Posted 02/05/2023 at 12:46:28
Great men can do things that the rest of us can’t- he will be back!!
Dave Abrahams
21 Posted 02/05/2023 at 13:40:59
Rennie (17)first paragraph lovely tribute Rennie.
Second paragraph each to their own!
Rennie Smith
22 Posted 02/05/2023 at 13:43:08
Ha ha, fair enough Dave, we are a broad church
Will Mabon
23 Posted 02/05/2023 at 14:27:00
The timing, situation and the player it happened to is terrible irony. Fortune doesn't always favour the brave.

The payback for some committed footballers that play hard and play on late is often bad legs in or after middle age - forgotten when people talk about the glory and the money.

I hope he can play again as he wants to or at least be normally healthy. The biggest bargain of a player ever that I can think of at this club.

Francis van Lierop
24 Posted 02/05/2023 at 15:23:46
I really hope it's not his last.

All the very best Seamus!

Dickie Langley
25 Posted 02/05/2023 at 16:03:07
Of all our players from the Premier League era, Coleman is the one who deserves to have a stand named after him. Could also name the opposite stand the Hibbert stand!
Andy Crooks
26 Posted 02/05/2023 at 16:35:28
Dave, each to their own indeed. Coleman and Ferguson? Really?
Eric Haworth
27 Posted 02/05/2023 at 17:30:21
Andy #26 I would beg the same question, what’s Ferguson doing being mentioned in same breath as Seamus. Rennie #17 was going really well until last paragraph?

What has Ferguson done to merit mention alongside Seamus? Giving it all in 4 games a season against rs home & away & likewise Utd. Oh & I forgot 1st game of season at home to barcodes for Shearers debut when all media focus was on him. Rest of time he might or might not turn up, depends on how he felt.

There’s a fundamental difference between Legend & cult hero. Thomas Graveson was another Gwladys St cult hero & Ferguson sits more comfortably beside him. DCL has taken his fair share of abuse in these pages in terms of his availability for games. Does anyone want to compare it to Ferguson?

I once went to a sportsman’s dinner where his brother in law John Parrot was a speaker & he said his sister was driven to distraction with him, coz it only took a runny nose & that was him for a fortnight & Parrot who’s a lifelong blue said he’d be crying off playing with a badly twisted sock?

Does he even warrant placing above the likes of Tony Hibbert, who as a local lad suffered dogs abuse from his own fans. Someone who gave of his best week in week out without complaint. The fact that perhaps he wasn’t that great & maybe not up to premier league standards wasn’t his fault. He didn’t put his name on the teamsheet, that was down to the manager. But he still went out there despite the abuse & gave his best for the shirt no matter what & never let us down. Not as good as, but similar to Seamus

I think that says more than a tattoo & fist pump to the Gwladys St.

Peter Mills
28 Posted 02/05/2023 at 17:41:33
It was desperately sad to see Séamus lying on the turf last night, I fear that will be the last we see of him. I had been hoping that he might retire still near the top of his game at the end of the season, having helped us to safety.

Cynics will say he has won nothing, but sometimes it’s how you go about your job that counts. He is an example to everyone, and when my grandsons ask me who my favourite player is there is only one possible answer. Like Tim Cahill, Séamus would have been embraced into the squads of 1969-70 and 1984-85.

Bill Fairfield
29 Posted 02/05/2023 at 17:45:29
Seamus will be back in time,and he’ll break that premier league appearance record. Get well soon Seamus.
Peter Carpenter
30 Posted 02/05/2023 at 19:36:47
I agree Bill. He cannot end like that. He MUST finish, whenever it comes, wearing a blue shirt at Goodison.
Gerry Ring
31 Posted 02/05/2023 at 19:46:12
Watching Séamus lying motionless on the pitch last night brought tears to my eyes. A great Evertonian & a great Irishman, what an incredible legacy he leaves on Everton football club. I met Séamus when Everton played Sligo Rovers many years ago & he was as humble a person as I’ve ever met. All these years later, he is exactly the same, only too happy to talk & mingle with everybody & anybody. He’s a throwback to the personalities of the Everton players of yesteryear when fame & fortune was only a pipe dream with all of them having to find a “real” job after football. Hopefully Séamus will grace the sod of the Old Lady one more time & maybe lead a team out at BMD hopefully in the Premiership. Thanks Séamus for the memories & no need to thank me for having a go at all those, so called, Everton “fans” who tried to undermine you at every opportunity. We probably won’t see his likes again 😞😞
Colin Glassar
32 Posted 02/05/2023 at 19:52:21
Totally agree Gerry. Such a tragic way for Seamus to end his Everton career. I hope his teammates honour him by putting in a shift in our remaining games.

I know testimonials are a thing of the past but I think Seamus deserves a Goodison send off with the monies going to a charity of his choice.

Chris Leyland
33 Posted 02/05/2023 at 19:59:35
I hope Seamus manages us one day in the not too distant future and that he brings us a trophy that his career richly deserves.

The greatest value for money signing in the history of the Premier league.

Lee Courtliff
34 Posted 02/05/2023 at 20:10:41
All the best to a true Hero of ours. I remember his debut against Spurs back in 2009 like it was yesterday, inspiring stuff!

He's going to be missed but hopefully we can keep him around in some capacity to help instil some leadership and common decency into the players.

This is one ex player that I would be more than happy to see on the coaching staff. Good luck, Seamus.

Brian Wilkinson
35 Posted 02/05/2023 at 20:11:57
He will be back tough as they come Coleman, he will not hang up his boots just yet, I just hope if he does, he gets the appreciation he deserves, and the too slow comments are forgotten.

Be a sad Day when Colemans career ends, absolute legend.

Christy Ring
36 Posted 02/05/2023 at 21:34:11
Shocking to see Seamus carried off with a serious injury again. It shows the quality, the passion from a proud captain and how much he loves this club.

He was ridiculed and abused here by a section of supposedly genuine Everton fans over the last year and longer, who said he was finished years ago and saying he shouldn't have got a contract extension.

To see him putting his hand up, in severe pain, and telling his colleagues to fight for the badge. Coleman is a true legend, a big word that doesn't come lightly, probably the best ever bargain, €60,000, in the Premier League, a humble and honest professional.

I believe, knowing the fight and drive Seamus has shown throughout his career, he'll be back, and hopefully leading us out in the Premier League next season. NSNO.

Andy Crooks
37 Posted 02/05/2023 at 21:51:03
Gerry, love that post, but we will see the like of him again because he will be back.

I love seeing Irish lads do well. I admired and supported Shane Duffy but Seamus is special. Saw him at Sligo and was proud when he went to Everton.

In my view, pound for pound, the best buy any club ever made. I would love to have seen him lift a cup for Everton. Who knows, still might.

It doesn't really matter that much, though, because he is what being a footballer is about. One of us, a proper Blue, a man to look up to.

Stephen Brown
38 Posted 02/05/2023 at 22:09:19
Genuinely felt a lump in my throat and tear in my eye when he was down last night!

Obviously a great man and Evertonian!

Get better soon Seamus

Mark Boullé
39 Posted 03/05/2023 at 08:25:28
Not knowing is difficult, how long will it be before they can determine if his injury is a bad one...?
Christopher Timmins
40 Posted 03/05/2023 at 08:49:55
I am certain that the skipper will be urging everyone to focus on the job at hand.

The only thing that will ease his pain is our survival.

Peter Mills
41 Posted 03/05/2023 at 11:45:51
No ACL damage apparently - good news.
Peter Carpenter
42 Posted 03/05/2023 at 11:51:49
Yes, good news.

From the official website;

In a message to fans, Coleman wrote: "Just wanted to update you all, thanks so much for all the well wishes. Just back from my scan & pleased to say I have no ACL damage. Be back soon."

Paul Kossoff
44 Posted 03/05/2023 at 15:53:53
Good news at last. Everton defender Seamus Coleman says he will be 'back soon' after avoiding ACL injury.

"Just back from my scan and pleased to say I have no ACL damage. Be back soon," Coleman, 34, wrote on Instagram.
"Thanks so much for all the well wishes."

Jeff Spiers
45 Posted 03/05/2023 at 16:06:37
Best of luck, Seamus.

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