Date: 25th January 2018 at 6:20am
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Everton full back Seamus Coleman has spoken of his delight at returning to the pitch and action for the club as he made a return from injury in this week’s Under 23 clash against Portsmouth.

The 29 year old suffered a horrific leg break whilst on international action for the Republic of Ireland last March in their game against Wales but Tuesday evening saw him return to the Goodison Park pitch in our Premier League Cup tie.

We took the game three nil but Coleman’s delight was simply being back out there and being able to ‘feel like a real footballer again’ after his ten month stint on the sidelines.

Speaking to the Official Site he explained that he felt good and pretty confident of his return, especially with a crunching tackle after only 20 minutes of the game had been played.

‘That was more for me than it was the young lad! I just told him that at the time as well and he was fine with it. I knew tackles and things like that were never going to be a bother. That one was more for the few fans that were here that there are no psychological effects.’

Coleman went on to say.

‘I enjoyed the game. It was great for it to be here at Goodison Park – it made it that little bit more special. They tried to change the game when I could be involved and thankfully they have been able to do it. To be able to walk out the tunnel and see the stadium was great. I managed to get some minutes under my belt and that was fantastic. I treated it like a first-team game and gave it everything. I`ve been looking forward to that moment for the last few months – just being able to get the kit on, doing up the shin-pads, rolling my socks up and walking out there. It was great to be able to feel like a footballer again – it`s a fantastic feeling.’

With Coleman having been back in training for a number of weeks, he now knows the process is more Under 23 action as he builds himself back up into first team contention for Sam Allardyce and obviously getting 60 minutes his belt is the start of that next journey.

‘It`s just a case of going game by game now. For now, it`s get back into training and try to impress the manager by working hard and fingers crossed, it wont be long before I am back out there. Training has been going great so far. I have enjoyed every second and I am just thankful to be back out there.’

Good to see him back, and as he says, hopefully it won’t be too long before he’s fully back up and running with us.

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