Wales' Ashley Williams: “Seamus is one of my best mates at Everton"

The Wales and Ireland captains are team-mates are Everton

Everton, Seamus Coleman, Ashley Williams

Everton's Ashley Williams and Seamus Coleman react after the final whistle during the Premier League match at Goodison Park, Liverpool. Dave Howarth/PA Archive/PA Images

Wales captain Ashley Williams says Everton team-mate Seamus Coleman is in a positive mindset as he begins his recovery from a broken leg.

The Ireland captain suffered the injury after a tackle by Williams' Wales team-mate Neil Taylor during the World Cup qualifier between their respective teams at the Aviva Stadium last Friday.

Williams was speaking to the Everton official website and spoke highly of Coleman's role in helping him integrate into a new club after leaving Swansea.

“Seamus is one of my best mates at Everton, someone who I’ve got really close to,” he said.

“For me personally, I didn’t really know anyone at Everton when I came to the Club but he was someone who made me feel welcome and helped me to settle in straight away. The feeling I get from everyone outside the Club is that they know him as a genuine, decent stand-up guy who always gives his all. And as I know him, he’s one of the good guys in football, just an honest pro.

“I tried to go to the hospital Seamus was in after the game but the FAI said he’d had a few family visitors and they were trying to get him to sleep.

“I sent him a text and he woke up in the night and texted me back. I spoke to him then. I’ve spoken to him since, too, and he seems positive and focused on his recovery.

“We all support him and everyone at the Club will rally round to be there for him during his rehab.”

You can read Williams' comments in full here.