Seamus Coleman praises ‘brilliant’ Everton ace

Everton's Seamus Coleman has praised Tony Hibbert for doing a good job covering while he was injured.

Seamus Coleman says that Tony Hibbert has performed brilliantly in his absence.

Coleman has been out for over a month with injury, meaning Hibbert has had a run of games in the first-team and the Irishman move to pay tribute to how well the Toffees stalwart has done.

Although Hibbert may not possess the natural talent of Coleman, his attitude cannot be questioned and the defender believes he has done a great job as cover.

"I have to say Tony Hibbert was brilliant in those games and he deserves a mention because he didn’t put a foot wrong," he said to the club's official site. "It was great to get back in today but I thought Tony was brilliant."

Coleman looks set to reclaim his place back now, though, having returned to full fitness.

The 26-year-old came back into the first-team fold at the weekend to great impact, scoring the third goal in the Toffees 3-0 win over Aston Villa.

It was a strike which had a big influence on the result, but Coleman refused to take too much acclaim.

“I am glad to be back at it now," he said. "Most importantly is the three points and I was glad to get on the scoresheet as well – I just had to point to an area and Leighton Baines put it on my foot.”

It was an important win for the Merseyside club who will now be looking to get their season back on track.

Roberto Martinez's men had made a disappointing start to the campaign, but the three points they collected at the weekend helped elevate them up the table. 

With Coleman joining Ross Barkley in returning from injury it has been a good week for the side and they will look to carry their momentum into their next fixture against Lille on Thursday evening. 

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