Coleman holds no grudges against Taylor for horror tackle

Seamus Coleman says he holds no grudges against Neil Taylor for the tackle that broke his leg last year, and he can’t wait to get back on the pitch for Ireland.

Republic of Ireland captain Seamus Coleman is expected to make his return to international action on Friday, and the flying full back says he’s wasted no time thinking about the tackle that cost him a year of his career.

“I haven’t even thought of Neil Taylor five times since the injury. He played a part in the tackle – and it wasn’t a great tackle. I was going for the ball, he was a bit high,” Coleman said.

Taylor, now playing for Aston Villa, was sent off in the 0-0 draw last March, but Coleman is only looking ahead to the future.

“If I hold any anger towards him, it won’t help me. Let him carry on with what he has to do and I’ll crack on myself.”

The Irishman is a fan favourite at Goodison, and for good reason, dominating the right flank for the Blues since his remarkable £60,000 transfer to Everton in 2009. Coleman revealed that Taylor did contact him after the injury.

“He sent a message and that was fine with me, no problem. It’s a year ago now and I’ve got things to look forward to.

“The tackle will always be brought up, but I have to crack on with my thing now.”

Coleman is set to captain the Republic of Ireland team against Turkey on Friday night, and the 29 year-old can hardly contain his excitement.

“I’m really looking forward to the game. Everyone knows what that Irish shirt means to me and I’m looking forward to getting back into it,” said Coleman.

Coleman has played five times for Everton since his return, and any minutes he gets for Ireland will only further his progress towards 100% fitness.

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