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Seamus Coleman back in Republic of Ireland squad after horrific double leg fracture

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Seamus Coleman is back in the Republic of Ireland squad for the first time since suffering an horrific double leg fracture in March last year.

The 29-year-old Everton full-back, who underwent surgery after breaking his leg during a 0-0 World Cup qualifying draw with Wales at the Aviva Stadium, has been included by manager Martin O'Neill (left) in the party for the friendly clash with Turkey in Antalya on March 23, a day short of a year since his injury.

The Football Association of Ireland announced his impending return in a tweet which said: "Welcome back, Seamus Coleman! The Ireland captain returns from injury to take his place in the squad for the game against Turkey!"

Ireland skipper Coleman was hurt in a challenge by Neil Taylor 72 minutes into a tight encounter in Dublin and has undergone a lengthy rehabilitation process since.

He returned to action for the Toffees in a 2-1 Premier League win over Leicester on January 31 and has made three appearances to date this season.

Cyrus Christie, who replaced the former Sligo Rovers defender on the night, deputised ably for the remainder of the qualifying campaign, which ultimately saw O'Neill's men miss out on a place at this summer's finals in Russia after a play-off defeat to Denmark.

 

Republic of Ireland captain Seamus Coleman holding his broken leg following the challenge by Wales' Neil Taylor in March.

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