Republic of Ireland's Seamus Coleman has operation on double leg fracture

Wales defender Neil Taylor was in tears after the horror tackle that left Seamus Coleman with a double break of his right leg, according to Republic of Ireland striker Shane Long.

Ireland captain Seamus Coleman's horrific leg break was sadly the biggest headline from their 0-0 draw against Wales in their heated World Cup qualifier.

The Republic captain was given oxygen before being carried off in Friday's goalless draw at the Aviva Stadium and was taken to St Vincent's University hospital. O'Neill said he would only be guessing at a return date, at this early stage, but backed Coleman to get back stronger than ever. I've only seen it in real time when it happened and I didn't see a lot. "I was just talking to Seamus, teaching him how to breathe through it all'".

"Knowing him, though, he'll come back better, fitter and stronger". And the Ireland manager is far from happy with the perpetrators.

Now, Coleman is facing a long time on the sidelines, having already undergone surgery on his leg.

Martin O'Neill, the Ireland manager, is confident that Coleman will return stronger from the injury, but has said no timescale is now set on the 28-year-old's return.

Taylor was shown a red card and sent off the field following the tackle which occurred in the 69th minute. "I was the first one into the dressing room after the game and he was sitting on the floor with his head in his hands".

Another said: "Can't find the correct Neil Taylor so I'm gonna call you a f****** d*****d instead!"

"My thoughts are with Seamus Coleman & I wish him a speedy road to recovery", he added.

Friday's result kept Ireland four points clear of Wales and level on points with new group leaders Serbia, who beat Georgia 3-1, with only the eventual group winners guaranteed a place at Russian Federation 2018.

'Seamus has great determination and sometimes things works very well in your favour in terms of recovery. Wales are four points behind in third place. I have seen a picture of the outcome, so my thoughts are with Seamus. "If you'd said to me two games at home, three away, we would have 11 points on the board, I would have taken that".

  • Julie Sanders