Everton manager Sean Dyche has announced that Seamus Coleman will miss the rest of the season after having a knee operation. The experienced defender suffered the injury in the 2-2 draw with Leicester City and had to be carried off the field. He later confirmed on social media that he did not damage his ACL.
Everton face a tough challenge against Manchester City in the Premier League, who are leading the table by one point over Arsenal and have a game in hand. City are favourites to win their third consecutive title, but Everton managed to hold them to a 1-1 draw at the Etihad Stadium in December. Demarai Gray scored a second-half equaliser after Erling Haaland had given City the lead.
Coleman was absent from Everton’s 5-1 win at Brighton & Hove Albion and underwent surgery on his knee. Dyche said at a press conference before the City game that the operation was successful and that the recovery should be ‘straightforward’. However, he ruled out any possibility of Coleman playing again this season.
Dyche said: “He did have an operation. It’s straightforward in terms of the medical side of things. I don’t know the official way they have treated it, but apparently it has gone really well. When they got in there, it was as expected so should be a straightforward recovery. All being well he should be fit for next season.”
Coleman’s contract with Everton expires this summer and Dyche was asked about his future at the club. He did not give any details and said that Coleman is ‘well in the loop where he sits at this football club.’
He said: “I’ll be speaking to all the ones ongoing, the ones who needed a chat about things. He’s well in the loop where he sits at this football club.”