Seamus Coleman makes Everton return after long-term injury
Last Updated: 24/01/18 11:55am
Seamus Coleman made his long-awaited return to action in Everton's U23 Premier League Cup clash with Portsmouth.
The 29-year-old came through 58 minutes of the Goodison Park tie unscathed as he works his way back to full fitness.
Right-back Coleman suffered a double leg fracture in the Republic of Ireland's goalless draw with Wales at the Aviva Stadium in March 2017 and only returned to training earlier this month.
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Coleman's Everton and Ireland team-mate James McCarthy suffered a similar season-ending injury in Saturday's 1-1 draw with West Brom.
Everton's youngsters were leading 2-0 when Coleman left the action, with goals from Nathan Broadhead and Bassala Sambou.
He told the club's website "To be able to walk out of 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."