Everton boss Ronald Koeman pledges to support injured Seamus Coleman

Coleman was nobbled by a terrible reckless lunge from Neil Taylor that left the Irish defender writhing in agony on the turf and his Welsh counterpart on the receiving end of a straight red card.

Coleman is expected to miss the rest of Everton's season and potentially faces a lengthy spell on the sidelines, but Koeman insists that he and the club will support him during his recovery.

"I'm not sure, I would only be guessing", said O'Neill, when asked how long Coleman could be out for on BBC Radio Five Live's Sportsweek programme.

The Southampton striker says he did everything he could to comfort his good friend.

The Aston Villa defender lost nearly a season of his career after breaking an ankle in 2012 and Wales manager Chris Coleman painted a grim picture of Taylor's reaction in the dressing room afterwards. Sometimes there can be complications, other times it can be clear and it's all plain sailing'.

"I saw him the evening of the injury, he was fairly groggy". It will take some time to heal, it's a double break but it has been pinned up and screwed in. I've not seen it on television, I've only seen it in real time and for me, he has to go for it [the ball].

"Seamus Coleman underwent surgery on Saturday morning, under the care of the FAI's Orthopaedic Surgeon, Professor John O'Byrne and Mr. Gary O'Toole, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon".

He said: "Hopefully everything goes to plan and he comes back as strong as ever".

Visiting boss Chris Coleman defended the character of his full-back and offered his best wishes to his injured namesake.

The Republic were disappointed not to have made their numerical advantage count during the final 20 minutes or so of the game as Serbia replaced them at the top of Group D on goal difference.

He was one of our best players anyway and, to be honest, I wasn't sure he'd make a good captain.

Allen was involved in the game's first flashpoint just before half-time when he was caught by the swinging forearm of Stoke team-mate Glenn Whelan.

Bale nearly gave Wales the three points with a fine solo effort as he burst forward from halfway and hit a shot that grazed the outside of the post.

  • Julie Sanders