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Everton manager Ronald Koeman and staff visit Seamus Coleman back home in Ireland

Dutchman checking on defender as he recovers from a broken leg

Republic of Ireland v Wales - FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images

Everton manager Ronald Koeman has travelled across the Irish Sea to check on Seamus Coleman as the defender continues his recovery from injury.

Koeman was joined by Toffees captain Phil Jagielka, fitness coach Jan Kluitenberg and head of medical services Matt Connery on the trip to Coleman’s home town of Killybegs, County Donegal.

Koeman tweeted a picture with Coleman saying the defender is looking “strong and positive” as he begins the long road back to fitness.

Speaking to the club’s official website, Koeman added:

“We made the visit to show our support for Seamus, the support of his teammates and the support he has from all Evertonians.

“Every player in these circumstances needs this level of support to recover well.

“Seamus is positive and he is feeling strong. He is really grateful for all of the messages he has received from Everton fans and from people all over the world.

“Before he comes back [to England] to start his rehabilitation, he will spend up to 10 more days at home in Killybegs before starting out on his recovery from the injury.”

The group also brought a selection of get well soon cards sent to Finch Farm from well-wishers around the world as the football community united behind Coleman.

Everton also revealed more than 2,000 emails were sent to the club offering support to Seamus and wishing him well in his recovery.

Speaking about the trip, Everton captain Phil Jagielka said:

“We had a really good chat with Seamus and it was great to see him in such good spirits.

“He was smiling and feeling positive, which is all we can ask for. He knows we are all here to help him along the way.”

Coleman suffered a horrific double leg break playing for Ireland against Wales last month following a challenge by Aston Villa’s Neil Taylor

The full-back was allowed to return home as he began his rehabilitation, with Coleman likely to be out for at least six months.