Republic of Ireland captain Seamus Coleman suffered a double fracture in his leg during the Ireland's goalless draw against Wales at the Aviva Stadium. The 28-year-old, who will now have screws inserted into his leg to ensure the injury heals, is expected to be out of action for six months.
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Coleman had an operation on Saturday morning and will now begin the long rehabilitation program to gain full fitness. The Irishman suffered the injury in the second half when a studs-up challenge by Neil Taylor caught him in the shin. Coleman has broken both the tibia and fibula bones in his right leg and had to be given oxygen before he was carried off the field.
Ireland manager Martin O'Neill told reporters after the game that the defender had suffered a "bad break".
"Seamus has gone to
"Obviously, it's a real blow to him. He's having the season of a lifetime at club level. He's a big player for us, a great captain and a great character.
"It's a big loss to Everton, a big loss to us. But he'll fight back I hope. It puts things in perspective."
Wales manager Chris Coleman said the thoughts of the Wales players was also with the Everton defender adding that Taylor was "despondent" after the game.
"First and foremost, the most important thing is Seamus Coleman. We are told that it is not so good, which we are sorry for," the Welsh manager said.
"Neil Taylor is not really that type of player, but it's a tough one for Seamus. Our thoughts are with him. I have not seen it again."
Nobody deserves such an injury playing the game they loved. Get well soon Seamus Coleman. pic.twitter.com/AzQBsfNool— Mikey MUFC (@MikeyMufc) March 25, 2017