May 21, 2024

Seamus Coleman survived a U21 match unharmed, which puts him one step closer to rejoining Everton’s first team.
The Ireland captain was also praised by team manager Paul Tait as a “inspiration” to the club’s younger players following his performance for the U21 squad last night.

Coleman hasn’t played since sustaining a knee injury in a Premier League away to Leicester City in May. However, he accelerated his recuperation on Saturday, playing 45 minutes for Everton’s U21s against Manchester United, and he played 66 minutes in Tuesday’s Football League Trophy victory over Mansfield Town.

Everton's Seamus Coleman. Photo: Simon Stacpoole/Getty Images

The captain’s presence has had an influence, and he might play for the first team again against Crystal Palace the following weekend. However, manager Sean Dyche will confer with the medical experts to determine whether the captain is ready for first team action.

Coleman’s manager for the U21 team, Tait, called him an inspiration. “What he’s accomplished at Everton and in the game.” We were fortunate enough to have him for a few training sessions as well as the game on Saturday.

“It’s the expectations he sets and his genuine passion for the game.” Spending time with him and observing his level of commitment and preparation is invaluable for our boys. The experience of having him here has been amazing.

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