In a heartwarming gesture, FIFA has decided to pay Everton defender Seamus Coleman's wages till he comes back from injury. This news came as a slight relief for Everton, who will be without one of their best players for the entire 2017
Coleman suffered a double leg fracture in the World Cup qualifier against Wales after a terrible tackle from Neil Taylor. The 28-year old underwent surgery yesterday and is expected to be out for at least 9 months.
Coleman has been one of Everton's most consistent players and his injury would prove to be a major loss for Everton as well as Northern Ireland, who will be without their captain for the entire qualification now.
FIFA's Club Protection Programme will now cover the Welsh player's £50,000 per week wage until his comeback.
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Everton manager Ronald Koeman expressed disappointment at Coleman's injury but expects him to come back stronger.
Speaking to evertonfc.com, he said:
"He will be aware that the thoughts of his teammates, the coaching staff, everyone at the Club and all Evertonians are with him at this time.
No-one ever wishes to see something like this happen to any player, much less one of our own.
The medical staff here at Everton are in contact with the medical staff of the Republic of Ireland and we will continue to liaise closely.
Seamus will face a lengthy recovery period and we will support him throughout this.
He is a really strong character and he has a great family around him and we, his extended family at Everton, will be here for him to help him get through this over the coming days, weeks and months."