Everton midfielder James McCarthy has given his first interview as his road to recovery from broken leg continues, and says that Seamus Coleman was a big help in his recovery.
Speaking to the official website, McCarthy spoke about the support he had received since the horrific accident against West Brom at Goodison Park last season.
Now firmly on the comeback trail, McCarthy took part in a practise game behind closed doors at Finch Farm last week alongside Yerry Mina and Andre Gomes, who are also on the road to fitness.
McCarthy was in good form before his injury and hopes to return to the first team as soon as he is able to.
Speaking to the official site, he said, “It’s been a long road but I’m enjoying being back with the lads and being back in the thick of it.
“At first it was a bit weird coming back but it was worth it and being back with the lads.
“I’m just happy to be able to get strong and be back out on the pitch. It’s taken a lot of rehab in the gym and all the backroom staff have worked really hard with me and I can’t thank them enough.”
After the injury, Seamus Coleman was among the first players to go to McCarthy as he left the pitch, and having suffered a similar injury not long beforehand, offered McCarthy some valuable words of wisdom.
McCarthy added, “Obviously Seamie [Coleman] had been there and done it. When I got into the tunnel I looked up and he was there which was great and we’re best mates in football.
“He was telling me not to worry, saying I’ll get through it and come back stronger. The next day he came back up when I was in hospital which was really good of him.
“It’s been a long road but I’m delighted to be back out there.
“I’ve asked him if he felt wee niggles and he’s been brilliant telling me not to worry, it’s good to bounce off him if anything is niggling or anything.”