Upbeat Seamus Coleman has spoken about his positive early stages of rehabilitation as he battles his way back from a broken leg.
The Blues defender returned to USM Finch Farm a fortnight ago to begin his “baby steps” to recovery, having suffered a double fracture of his right leg during the Republic of Ireland’s World Cup qualifier with Wales in March.
Last week, the right-back revealed how signing a new five-year deal with the Club had given him a “massive boost”. And despite recognising it was early days in his rehab work, the 28-year-old has been given more reasons to be cheerful with how the first steps have gone.
“It’s been great to come back here and start my recovery,” said Coleman.
“I’m not doing too much, too soon, just baby steps, but I am getting on well so far. Of course, it’s very early days but I’m positive.
“I’m starting to put more weight through the leg and I have got no pain. I’m back doing a good bit in the gym and in the pool. I’m doing exercise every day, so the recovery has well and truly started. I’m really looking forward to putting on that Blue shirt again.”
While the Toffees have just two matches left this season – Friday night’s clash with Watford and Goodison, followed by a trip to Arsenal on 21 May – Coleman is fully prepared for a summer of hard work at Finch Farm as he continues his fight back to fitness.
“I’m going to be here for the majority of the summer,” he added. “The Club will give me a break now and again, whether it be I go back to Ireland or get away on holiday.
“I just want to work hard now that I’m back and do as much as I possibly can. Whenever I get the go-ahead to get away, I will go and enjoy it but while I’m here, I want to work hard.”