Coleman faces lengthy lay-off

09 August 2011 06:16
Everton winger Seamus Coleman faces around six months on the sidelines after scans revealed he has suffered ankle ligament damage.[LNB] And Mikel Arteta is set to be another high-profile absentee for the Toffees' Premier League opener against Tottenham on Saturday - assuming it goes ahead following three days of rioting in the capital.[LNB]Republic of Ireland international Coleman was forced off by a bad challenge from Carlos Marchena during Friday's friendly against Villarreal.[LNB]X-rays confirmed he had not fractured the joint but further scans have revealed the ligament damage.[LNB]Head physio Danny Donachie told the club's website: "Seamus has torn the lateral ligament in his right ankle. He will be visiting a specialist in London later this week for further assessment."[LNB]No timescale has been put on the 22-year-old's recovery.[LNB]Coleman, named Everton's Young Player of the Year last season, was already suspended for the opening two games of the new campaign after a red card against Chelsea on the final day of last season.[LNB]The first of those, at White Hart Lane, is one of a trio of London fixtures of particular interest as authorities consider whether the Premier League's opening weekend will be affected by the rioting sweeping the country.[LNB]Should the game proceed as planned, Arteta will join Coleman on the sidelines as a result of a foot injury which has kept him out of much of the club's pre-season programme.

Source: Team_Talk