Seamus Coleman: Ireland & Everton defender suffers broken leg

Republic of Ireland skipper Seamus Coleman suffered a broken leg in his side’s goalless draw with Wales at the Aviva Stadium.

The Everton defender was given gas before being carried off following the challenge with Neil Taylor, who was sent off for the tackle.

The incident happened midway through the second half of the important World Cup qualifier.

Republic manager Martin O’Neill said the defender suffered a « bad break ».

« He’s a fantastic player and character, » O’Neill told Sky Sports. « It’s a major blow for the lad, his club and us.

« Apparently it wasn’t the best challenge in the world – I haven’t seen it. He’s gone to hospital. I saw his reaction immediately and it didn’t look good.

« He was holding his leg up and it didn’t look good. At the end of it all the most important thing is Seamus’ health. »

The Republic’s next Group D qualifier is at home to Austria on 11 June.

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