Everton manager Sean Dyche has now shared what the club’s medical staff have told him following the injury to veteran right back Seamus Coleman.
The Irish international went off injured during last week’s 2-2 against Leicester City at the King Power Stadium, as the fit-again Nathan Patterson filled in at right-back.
During his press conference ahead of Sunday’s game against Manchester City, the Everton boss gave an update on the defender, as reported via the club’s official YouTube channel.
Dyche said: “He (Coleman) 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.”
When pressed on whether or not his reference to next season was a hint at a contract extension for Coleman, Dyche responded: “No, I’ll be speaking to all the ones ongoing, the ones who needed a chat about things.
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He’s well in the loop where he sits at this football club.”
Is it time Coleman departed Everton, or should he stay one more year?
With so few games remaining of the season and Coleman’s contract up in the summer, there have been concerns that the Everton captain may not pull on a blue shirt again.
While Scottish international Nathan Patterson, signed from Glasgow Rangers in a £16m deal in January 2022, appears to be the long-term successor to the right-back spot, Coleman could still offer cover on a short-term basis.
However, with no official talks regarding a contract extension reported as of yet, and only three games left to go, it seems highly unlikely that we will see the right-back in an Everton shirt again this season or next year, but his future at the club remains to be clarified.