It seemed a puzzling substitution at the time, especially since he had been playing pretty well and the combination with Theo Walcott on the right was working quite well until that point.
Coleman had an excellent game against Leicester City but didn’t feature in last weekend’s debacle against Arsenal as Sam Allardyce looked to ease him back, which made his withdrawal at the break doubly puzzling.
However after the game the manager revealed some possibly bad news, it appears the Irishman had indeed picked up an injury, and Allardyce updated Eliaquim Mangala’s status too with the on-loan defender also leaving the game.
“Seamus Coleman has a muscle injury and will have a scan tomorrow. It is not related to the broken leg he suffered.”
“Seamus will have a scan tomorrow, as will Mangala. I would have thought Mangala will be the less serious of the two injuries.
“Mangala’s is his knee and Seamus is a muscle as opposed to his leg. He will go for a scan tomorrow.
“The good thing is we have two weeks before we play the next game, which will allow the players with injuries and fatigue to recover and get ready for Watford FC.”
That will be a big relief for the Blues as Coleman’s recovery in just over ten months from a double leg break has seemed nothing short of miraculous at times. We do hope for a quick return for the player, even though Kenny deputized very well for him in the second half, playing a part in two of the three goals the Toffees scored to bury the Eagles.