Five-year-old sends touching letter to 'his hero' Seamus Coleman after leg break
Reece Kenny (5) and his brother Cody (7) sent a heartwarming letter to injured Ireland captain Seamus Coleman following the Everton right-back's double fracture against Wales on Friday.
Coleman fractured both his tibia and fibula in a horror tackle with Wales defender Neil Taylor at the Aviva Stadium, but after the game, the Kenny brothers sent the 28-year-old a touching letter to wish him well after he had greeted the two boys the day before the game.
The letter read - "To Seamus, I love you, you are the best soccer player. My brother and I met you last Thursday before the Wales match. You were so kind and friendly to us. You are our hero. We were at the match and we were so sad for you that your bones are broken, we hope you get better really soon. Love from Reece Kenny (5) and my brother Cody (7) from Offaly."
Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill confirmed that Coleman's surgery on his broken leg over the weekend had been a success.
Coleman was taken straight to St Vincent's University Hospital after the game before undergoing surgery on Saturday, and O'Neill said that the operation was successful although it will take some time for the injuries to heal.
O'Neill said: "He had the operation yesterday (Saturday) morning at 8:30am, that was successful. He has realised everything that has happened and is obviously very disappointed.
"It will take some time to heal, it's a double break but it has been pinned up now and screwed in. I know the doctors and surgeons are all very, very pleased with the way the operation has gone and now it's time for recuperation.
"I saw him the evening of the injury, he was fairly groggy. It's a devastating blow for the lad, he was having a phenomenal season at his club and a phenomenal season for us as captain."