Tuesday 19 September 2017

Martin O'Neill reveals Gareth Bale left John O'Shea with 'nasty shin injury' and confirms Coleman leg break

24 March 2017; Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill during FIFA World Cup Qualifier Group D match between Republic of Ireland and Wales at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
24 March 2017; Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill during FIFA World Cup Qualifier Group D match between Republic of Ireland and Wales at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
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Martin O'Neill has confirmed that Seamus Coleman is facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines after suffering a 'bad' leg break against Wales tonight.

The Ireland captain was stretchered off after receiving a horror tackle from Neil Taylor, and the Ireland manager confirmed to RTE after the game that the injury is a serious one.

"It's a bad break, I think he's gone to hospital now," O'Neill said.

"It is a real, real shame for the lad. A brilliant player. We are all devastated for him."

Moments before Coleman's season was ended, John O'Shea received a similar tackle from Wales star Gareth Bale, with O'Neill revealing that the Ireland defender was left with a 'nasty' injury as a result.

"John's got a nasty shin injury there, the doctors are treating it at the moment," O'Neill said.

"He didn't complain about it but it wasn't great."

When reflecting on the point gained after the 0-0 draw, O'Neill admitted that Ireland had been poor in the opening 45 minutes.

"We could easily have won it and with the mistake we made with Gareth Bale, funnily enough, we might lose it. It is every bit as hard to play against ten men. The crowd were absolutely fantastic.

"We were a bit sloppy in the first half, I felt. We came in without too many attacks. "

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