Sunday 19 November 2017

'I thought it was a horrific tackle' - Taoiseach Enda Kenny weighs in on Seamus Coleman's leg break

Will Slattery and Sarah Collins

Taoiseach Enda Kenny is the latest person to condemn Neil Taylor over Seamus Coleman's devastating injury, calling the Wales defender's challenge a 'horrific tackle'.

Mr Kenny, in Rome for a meeting of EU leaders, wished the Ireland captain a speedy recovery after the incident at the Aviva Stadium last night, which saw the Everton star stretchered off with a double leg fracture.

“I thought it was a horrific tackle, a compound fracture, of the Irish captain,” Mr Kenny said.

“It’s a very, very bad blow for Seamus Coleman. I hope the surgeons can mend that in a way that he can continue to play again, which is obviously a great challenge for him.

“It’s not usual to find that level of ferocity in tackles in the beautiful game these days, so good luck to Seamus on his recovery.”

Coleman underwent surgery this morning and is expected to be sidelined for at least six months, likely ruling him out of the remainder of Ireland's World Cup qualifying campaign.

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