Seamus Coleman Suffers Leg Injury vs. Wales After Tackle from Neil Taylor

Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistMarch 24, 2017

DUBLIN, IRELAND - MARCH 24:  Players react as Neil Taylor of Wales (3) is shown a red card by referee Nicola Rizzoli and is sent off after a challenge on Seamus Coleman of the Republic of Ireland (2) during the FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier between Republic of Ireland and Wales at Aviva Stadium on March 24, 2017 in Dublin, Ireland.  (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
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Everton defender Seamus Coleman was stretchered off during the Republic of Ireland’s clash with Wales in FIFA 2018 World Cup qualifying on Friday with a broken leg, manager Martin O'Neill confirmed to Sky Sports.

The FAI Twitter feed confirmed the serious nature of the problem, which Coleman suffered after a reckless challenge from Welsh left-back Neil Taylor, who was subsequently sent off:

FAIreland ⚽️🇮🇪 @FAIreland

Red card for Neil Taylor following a lunge on Seamus Coleman. Serious injury for the Ireland captain.. #COYBIG

FAIreland ⚽️🇮🇪 @FAIreland

Seamus Coleman is stretched off following that tackle.. Cyrus Christie comes on to replace the captain. #COYBIG

As noted by Sport Witness, broadcasters opted not to show replays of the incident, such was the severity of the 28-year-old’s injury:

Sport Witness @Sport_Witness

Sky not replaying Coleman injury on 'grounds of decency'. Which they say gives an indication of how bad it looks.

The incident happened in the second period of the game, with the two players chasing down the ball on the flank. 

As the duo converged Taylor leapt off the ground and planted his foot onto the Everton man’s leg. The Irish players rushed to Coleman’s aid following the collision, before he was administered oxygen on the field and carried off.

Coleman was carried off on a stretcher.
Coleman was carried off on a stretcher.Ian Walton/Getty Images

The injury is a massive blow for the Republic of Ireland skipper, who is surely set for a long spell on the sidelines.

Coleman has been a crucial cog in the Everton side of late under manager Ronald Koeman, offering a thrust going forward, chipping in with crucial goals and defending tenaciously. Finding someone who offers so much from that position will be difficult for the Toffees.

WBC cruiserweight champion and Everton supporter Tony Bellew was one of the first to wish the Irishman well on social media:

Tony Bellew @TonyBellew

All I'm thinking of right now is that @seamiecoleman23 is ok! 🙏 #EFC 💙

Youngster Mason Holgate filled in in the position earlier in the campaign when Coleman was injured and you suspect he’ll be tasked with doing so again.

The injury comes at the worst possible time for Everton, with the Merseyside derby against Liverpool at Anfield and a trip to Manchester United to come after the international break. But for now, the thoughts of all those tied to the Toffees will be with their stricken right-back.