Tuesday 20 February 2018

Update: Seamus Coleman facing at least six months out after surgery on double leg fracture

Seamus Coleman of Ireland injured leaves the pitch on the stretcher during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Round Group D match between Republic of Ireland and Wales at Aviva Stadium in Dublin on March 24, 2017 (Photo by Andrew Surma/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Seamus Coleman of Ireland injured leaves the pitch on the stretcher during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Round Group D match between Republic of Ireland and Wales at Aviva Stadium in Dublin on March 24, 2017 (Photo by Andrew Surma/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

Seamus Coleman suffered a double fracture of his right leg in last night's World Cup qualifier with Wales.

Coleman was operated on this morning and will have screws inserted in his right leg to help the injury heal.

The FAI has confirmed that their orthopaedic surgeon Professor John O'Byrne and Dr Gary O'Toole carried out the surgery.

The Irish skipper is facing at least six months on the sidelines after sustaining the serious injury from a dreadful Neil Taylor challenge.

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Martin O'Neill and Roy Keane visited Coleman in hospital last night with the Everton man's misfortune casting a shadow over the scoreless draw with the qualification rivals.

Coleman will need to make an incredibly quick recovery to play any part in the remainder of the World Cup campaign. The seriousness of the injury means that his period on the sidelines could realistically extend until the end of this year.

It's a devastating blow for the 28-year-old on two fronts as he had returned to form at Everton and was reaching a key stage in his club career - he was likely to be the subject of transfer interest in the summer but will instead be working on his rehabilitation.

Wales manager Chris Coleman acknowledged afterwards that it was poor from Taylor but he defended Gareth Bale for high and late challenge on John O'Shea in the previous passage of play that only resulted in a yellow card.

Bale even indicated that he would appeal the booking that rules him out of Wales' next qualifier with Serbia in June. Coleman argued that the Irish players had also adopted a combative approach during the 90 minutes and said that they did not come off the pitch 'with halos on their heads.'

Ireland's next match is at home to Austria in June and the only crumb of comfort to emerge from last night is that the opponents' key attacker Marko Arnautovic will miss out through suspension after picking up his second yellow of the campaign in their win over Moldova.

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