Everton defender Seamus Coleman picked up a calf injury during his team’s 2-1 win over Manchester City in the first leg of the League Cup semi-final on Wednesday. The Irishman is now set to be on the sidelines for a month.
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Coleman Suffers Calf Problem
Thursday, Jan. 7
News of the injury came via Everton manager Roberto Martinez after the match, per Anthony Hay of the MailOnline.
“Seamus Coleman's injury is the most serious of the three,” said the coach, who also saw Romelu Lukaku and Tom Cleverley pick up knocks on the night. The club’s official Twitter feed confirmed the right-back will likely be missing for “between three to four weeks.”
For Everton, losing Coleman for that amount of time is a major blow. The former Sligo Rovers man is one of the standout full-backs in the Premier League, with his tenacious defensive work and vibrant forward forays giving the Toffees massive presence on the right flank.
Replacing him is going to be a big test for Martinez. Youngster Tyias Browning, who deputised well for Coleman earlier in the campaign, is recovering after surgery, while veteran Tony Hibbert is also a long-term absentee, per the club’s official website.
It means the manager may have to get creative for the next month or so. Both Aaron Lennon and Cleverley have had stints in the position at times this season, while James McCarthy, who is also sidelined with a knock, could also do a job if required.