Koeman: Coleman’s mental strength will aid recovery

Everton manager Ronald Koeman believes Seamus Coleman’s professional attitude will help him immensely during his recovery from injury.

Coleman is expected to be out of action for months after needing surgery on a broken tibia and fibula. The injury was caused by a tackle from Neil Taylor during the Republic of Ireland's World Cup qualifier against Wales on Friday.

Despite the devastating injury, Koeman is confident that Coleman will make a speedy recovery, especially with his excellent attitude.

"It's a big, big blow for the player and a big, big blow for the club," Koeman told the club's official website.

"It takes time for everybody to come to terms with something like this and, of course, that is felt most deeply by Seamus himself.

"In all my years in football, Seamus is one of the best professionals I've ever worked with at any club.

"His dedication to the game, his attitude and motivation are always where they should be and that's 100 percent, and he's like that in training every day as well as in games.

"That mentality will really be helpful to him now in not only coming to terms with what has happened but in setting out on the road to recovery and, over time, in him building himself once more to the level he has maintained over many years here at Everton. That strength of character will be a big, big thing."