Tuesday 23 January 2018

'He's just beginning to come to terms with it' - O'Neill not sure how long Coleman will be sidelined for

Dublin , Ireland - 24 March 2017; Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane commiserates with Seamus Coleman after his horrific injury during the FIFA World Cup Qualifier Group D match between Republic of Ireland and Wales at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. (Photo By Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile via Getty Images)
Dublin , Ireland - 24 March 2017; Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane commiserates with Seamus Coleman after his horrific injury during the FIFA World Cup Qualifier Group D match between Republic of Ireland and Wales at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. (Photo By Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile via Getty Images)
Will Slattery

Will Slattery

Ireland manager Martin O'Neill has stressed that the initial phase of Seamus Coleman's recovery from a double leg break will determine how long the Everton defender is out of action for.

The Ireland captain suffered the injury following a heavy challenge from Wales defender Neil Taylor on Friday night, with Coleman expected to miss the rest of the World Cup qualifying campaign as a result.

Read more: FIFA set to pay Seamus Coleman's wages during injury layoff

Speaking to the media ahead of tomorrow night's friendly against Iceland at the Aviva Stadium, O'Neill revealed that he is currently unsure as to how long his star player will be sidelined for.

"I saw him yesterday, he's just beginning to come to terms with it," O'Neill said.

"He's still pretty down really. Medically speaking it's very difficult, it depends on the first few weeks and how everything goes."

O'Neill added that his medical team has been in contact with Everton as they plan Coleman's recovery.

"There has been communication (with Everton); not by me; in terms of the medical staff," he said.

"They are very poor tackles. They are very poor challenges; very poor challenges.

"Those type of things don't take five minutes to get over; he's very strong and got good people around him. He's positive that he will be back as good as ever."

O'Neill is confident his captain will make a full recovery having seen Henrik Larsson fight his way back from a similar injury during his time at Celtic.

He said: "Before I went to Celtic, about five or six months before that, Henrik Larsson had a very serious injury and he recovered magnificently and the injury didn't bother him again from then until the end of his career, so players have recovered.

"Great players have broken their legs and come back, and Seamus, obviously it's very early for him to start considering all those things, but he is positive.

"Naturally, as I mentioned earlier at the start, he's down, as he would be as the realisation that he is going to be out of action for quite some considerable time has dawned on him, so those type of things don't just take five minutes to get over.

"But he's very strong, he's got a lot of good people around him, his family is very, very strong as well and he is positive that he will be back and as good as ever."

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