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Shane Long's rush to comfort his injured captain sums up the incredible spirit in the Irish team

24 March 2017; Seamus Coleman is comforted by teammate Shane Long of Republic of Ireland after picking up an injury during the 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; Seamus Coleman is comforted by teammate Shane Long of Republic of Ireland after picking up an injury during the FIFA World Cup Qualifier Group D match between Republic of Ireland and Wales at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
Will Slattery

Will Slattery

Seamus Coleman's season is over after the Ireland captain was stretchered off with a broken leg break during tonight's World Cup qualifier against Wales at the Aviva Stadium.

Coleman was the victim of a horror tackle from Welsh defender Neil Taylor midway through the second half, with the Aston Villa player seeing red for the challenge.

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Coleman received attention for several minutes, with team-mate Shane Long comforting his captain as he lay on the turf. RTE opted against showing a replay of the incident, due to the graphic nature of the injury.

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"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."

The Ireland defender is now set to miss Everton's ten remaining Premier League games, and will be a major doubt for the rest of Ireland's World Cup qualifying campaign.

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