Federation Internationale de Football Association programme to cover Seamus Coleman's wages after leg fracture

Coleman was left on the ground and in need of oxygen following the tackle by Swansea full-back, Neil Taylor, who was sent off for the risky challenge, which looks likely to sideline the Everton defender for at least nine months.

Republic counterpart O'Neill was at a loss to understand Bale's response, insisting instead that he could have suffered the same fate as Taylor and been dismissed by Italian referee Nicola Rizzoli.

"I'm not sure, I would only be guessing", O'Neill told reporters.

The extent of Coleman's injury was so great that match broadcasters took the decision not to show replays of Taylor's tackle and its aftermath during the fixture, although images were widely seen on social media.

Screws have been inserted into the defenders leg and he is expected to be out of action for at least six months for both Everton, his club, and country.

Everton defender Seamus Coleman's wages will be paid by Federation Internationale de Football Association while he recovers from a double leg fracture suffered during worldwide duty with Ireland.

Ireland manager Martin O'Neill said no time scale had been put on Coleman's recovery.

However, if your personality is characterised by determination and you have a strong support network around you, then the long road ahead can be can be traveled much more easily.

"It's a major blow, not only for the player, but obviously for his family, people who were at the game watching that".

"I can't see how they can possibly think about appealing a card when it was very close to being red and on another day the referee could have given a red", said O'Neill.

"Seamus' injury has obviously cast a shadow, it's cast a shadow over everything", said O'Neill, who will make Robbie Brady captain tonight in Coleman's absence. He was missed even in the last couple of days around the place.

"My first reaction is that you've lost a great player and the pain he will be going through and then his recovery".

O'Neill watched Henrik Larsson recover from his own serious injury and backed his man to do the same.

  • Julie Sanders