Jagielka believes Coleman injury will help inspire Everton

The feeling I get from everyone outside the Club is that they know him as a genuine, decent, stand-up guy who always gives his all. To me that looks more like a mistimed tackle than a malicious challenge.

The Republic of Ireland defender broke his right leg in two places during Friday's draw with Wales. He's had the operation, it's been a success and he's on the slow road to recovery.

To say that Seamus Coleman is one of the best professionals he's ever worked with, considering his successful time at PSV and Barcelona, as well as the Dutch side that won Euro 88, is delightful to hear.

He underwent successful surgery to his right tibia and fibula on Saturday and is now recovering.

"I didn't really see the tackle", Williams told Everton's website.

"It will take some time but Seamus has great determination and sometimes those things work very much in your favour, in terms of recovery".

The injury cast a pall over the game, and Tuesday night's friendly against Iceland, with O'Neill admitting Coleman's absence from the camp has been felt keenly.

"It's a major blow, not only for the player, but obviously for his family, people who were at the game watching that", the former Northern Ireland worldwide added.

The young brothers met their favourite player last Thursday, the day before the Wales game.

"And he is valued very much as a player, which makes it really hard that we are talking about an injury that will keep him out for six, seven months, something like that".

Screws have been inserted into the defenders leg and he is expected to be out of action for at least six months for both Everton, his club, and country. He's very positive, which I knew he would be.

"I tried to go to the hospital Seamus was in after the game but the FAI said he'd had a few family visitors and they were trying to get him to sleep".

'Hopefully it is as quick as possible but the main thing is that he gets back to the levels he's been showing, not just this season'.

  • Julie Sanders