Taylor facing FIFA proceedings after leg-breaking Coleman challenge

The Ireland and Everton defender is recovering in hospital after having surgery on the double leg break he suffered against Wales.

The Republic of Ireland global underwent surgery on Sunday after suffering a double leg-break under a strong challenge from Wales's Neil Taylor in the 1-1 World Cup qualifying draw between the two countries on Friday.

Manager Martin O'Neill visited Coleman on Sunday and, while he revealed the 28-year-old is understandably down as he comes to terms with what will be a lengthy lay-off, he is taking a pragmatic approach to his recovery.

"I've played under some great captains and I previously played under a great captain in Seamus Coleman", he said.

"But who knows? It's in the lap of the gods".

He said: "He's just coming to terms with it, he's still pretty down". He caught him high and I think he was in tears afterwards.

"I've seen the game back and it's confirmed my view", said O'Neill.

Iceland boss Heimir Hallgrimsson was delighted with a win in a game where he felt there was little to choose between the sides.

"It's a bad blow for the player, who has been terrific for us."
My brother and I met you last Thursday, the day before the Wales match.

"He's going to have up and down days, but the way he is, I'm sure his determination will help with his rehab and hopefully we'll have him back sooner rather than later and stronger than ever".

According to the report, Coleman is understood to receive approximately £50,000 per week at Everton and those wages will be covered by Federation Internationale de Football Association for the first six months of injury layoff.

"At that point, I wasn't thinking about the game or us being down to 10 men".

"That will be our sixth game in this campaign and we have had Aaron Ramsey for [only] two of them".

Coleman, who could be out of action for up to a year, underwent surgery on Saturday following a double leg fracture suffered during global duty with Ireland last week.

O'Neill made the point on Monday that Rizzoli should have sent off Gareth Bale for his late challenge on John O'Shea in the previous passage of play.

  • Julie Sanders