Seamus Coleman has revealed he will never be able to 'thank everyone enough' for the thousands of well wishes, cards and letters he's received from Evertonians across the globe following his double leg break.
The Toffees right-back suffered the horrific injury on international duty with the Republic of Ireland back in March, and faces a long and arduous road to recovery after Wales defender Neil Taylor's shocking challenge left him with a double leg fracture.
Speaking to Everton's official website for the first time since his diagnosis, Coleman admitted that the support and generosity of the club's fanbase had proven to be a massive boost as he begins his rehabilitation at USM Finch Farm, and stated that he will use that source of strength - from the fans, team-mates, staff and his family and friends - whenever he's feeling low.
He gushed: “I’m not on social media. It was tempting to go back on to thank everyone but I thought I’d wait to come back here to do the interview and just to say thank you for the support I’ve had from the two management teams, from the doctors, the surgeons and all the fans back home and here.
“Until something like this happens you don’t always realise how fortunate you are to play for this Club, to play for the national team and to have all that support behind me.
“Every little card meant so much to me and my family. All those well-wishes will get me through this tough period because people have gone out of their way to send cards, to send prayers and it definitely gets you through it.
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“I always knew this was a great club, a special club. I never wanted this injury to happen but it has reminded me that the Club is amazing, as is the support I had from all the fans. I try to get involved as much as I can and help people outside of the game and I think I got that support back 10 times over.
“I couldn’t possibly thank everyone because there’s too many but everyone has played their part so far and it’s my job now to do the rest and get back on that pitch.”
Coleman, who will likely not return to the first-team fold until the final couple of months of 2017, has already begun started working in the pool at the club's training ground ahead of the tough path ahead of him.
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Neil Taylor banned for 2 games for shattering Seamus Coleman's leg.
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The Ireland captain insisted, however, that he remained as determined as he did upon his arrival on Merseyside in a £60k deal from Sligo Rovers, and added that he will fight with every sinew of his being to come back stronger than ever.
He said: “It’s great to be back, nice to see everyone again – it’s like my first day all over again. Obviously, I’d rather be fit and well but I’ve had a good month at home in Ireland to get my head around everything and now I’m ready to get back to work.
“I’ve had tough journeys before in the past. It hasn’t been a smooth journey to play for Everton and to captain my country. I’m a fighter and there’s a part of me that’s looking forward to this challenge. It’s something to start all over again and fight for.
“I’m really enjoying it and looking forward to the challenge ahead because it’s going to be tough but I’ve had tough journeys before and this is just another one.”
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