Coleman injury blow for Toffees
Everton have been dealt a blow with the news that Seamus Coleman has suffered a torn ligament in his right ankle.
Last Updated: 10/08/11 6:58am
Everton's preparations for the new season have been dealt a blow with the news that Seamus Coleman has suffered a torn ligament in his right ankle.
The Republic of Ireland international, who is suspended for the first two games of the season, suffered the injury the Toffees' 1-0 friendly defeat against Villarreal at Goodison Park on Friday.
An X-ray immediately after the game revealed there was no break but scans on Monday confirmed the extent of the injury.
It is too early to tell how long the former Sligo Rovers player will be out for, with Coleman set to visit a specialist later this week.
Head physio Danny Donachie told the club's official 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."
The news is a blow to Toffees boss David Moyes, who has struggled to add to his small squad ahead of the new campaign.
To make things worse for Moyes, midfielder Mikel Arteta is set to miss the club's trip to Tottenham on Saturday as he recovers from a foot injury suffered during pre-season.