Long talked Coleman through broken leg with pregnancy breathing techniques

"I think he was looking for Seamus and I'm not sure he got hold of him, but he went over".

Gareth Bale has been criticised by John O'Shea in the wake of the Real Madrid star's controversial challenge on the Republic of Ireland defender during Wales' draw in Dublin. "On another night there could have been two red cards", he said, according to the Irish Times. I was just talking to Seamus, teaching him how to breathe through it'. If I see it again and it's a really bad one from Neil...but he's not that type of boy because he has also suffered a serious injury. He caught him high and I think he was in tears afterwards.

His absence comes at a hard time for third-placed Wales who are four points adrift of Serbia and the Republic of Ireland at the halfway stage, having drawn four of their five matches in Group D.

Serbia took over top spot in the group after their 3-1 win at Georgia earlier in the day.

Not only that, but Wales would have been cut seven points adrift and virtually out of contention. But in our last campaign we had it.

Or just as we all forget that we were negative when beating Italy in NY in 1994 or the Spain win in 1989 which was a awful game to watch.

Long said: "It was disappointing when they went down to 10 men that we didn't kick on and get the three points, but a point isn't a bad result".

Martin O'Neill somberly confirms that Ireland captain Seamus Coleman broke his leg in their draw with Wales.

Worldwide team-mate Long added: "It's not nice".

Tributes have been pouring in for Coleman, with Everton teammate Leon Osman writing on the club's website: "I'm absolutely gutted for him". He's a big player for us, a great captain and a great character.

"I'm absolutely gutted for him".

The fact that Bale was attacking a ball into the box is probably what saved him as the referee might have felt it was just a case of bad-timing rather than any sort of reckless challenge.

"I'm sure he will come back fitter and stronger".

  • Julie Sanders