The last 10 months have been agonising for Everton star Seamus Coleman as he has had to recover from a serious injury.
The 29-year-old broke his right leg in two places while playing for the Republic of Ireland in March 2017.
Since then, the Everton star has been working his way back to fitness, and it seems as though he is edging closer to a return to competitive action.
The Irishman made an appearance for the Under-23s on Tuesday night, but it is unclear when he will be welcomed into Sam Allardyce’s squad.
As expected, plenty of fans were delighted by the news that Coleman is building up his fitness.
Best news this season
— Sam (@EFC_SAM1999) January 23, 2018
Get him in squad asap shows more passion and give captains armband
— paul hart (@Harty62) January 23, 2018
Hopefully should be on the bench for the next league game
— William (@Will72427610) January 23, 2018
The only man that can save us now
— Locko (@_jlocko450) January 23, 2018
Others suggested that Coleman should be used to fill the left-back void, which so many supporters are keen for a new player to take on.
Leighton Baines is currently on the treatment table, but at the age of 33, it is time for Everton to start looking for a replacement.
Cuco Martina has been positioned at left-back during his teammates’s absence, but the 28-year-old has failed to impress.
The role is not entirely suited to the Dutchman given that he is predominantly right-footed.
Coleman has played as a right-back throughout his career, but despite this, some fans want him to switch positions if a new player is not bought by the end of the month.
Oh seamus we’ve missed you, can you play left back? #EFC
— EvertonFanZone (@EvertonFanZone1) January 23, 2018
Can he play left back ?
— deego 1878 (@Kdeego) January 23, 2018
Could he play left back
— WelcomeTheoWalcott (@evertonfin3) January 23, 2018
Wonder if seamus Coleman likes playing left back???
— john howlett.EFC (@johnhowlett4) January 23, 2018
— jimbob⭐️ (@jimbob_EFC) January 19, 2018