Republic of Ireland: O'Shea wishes Coleman a speedy recovery

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Following a tackle by Wales full-back Neil Taylor, Coleman suffered a fracture to his right tibia and fibula during Friday night's 2018 World Cup qualifier at the Aviva Stadium, which ended goalless.

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill says that Seamus was taken straight to St Vincent's University Hospital immediately after the incident.

"I know Neil Taylor, and I know he definitely didn't mean it, of course he didn't".

The fact that Bale was attacking a ball into the box is probably what saved him as the referee might have felt it was just a case of bad-timing rather than any sort of reckless challenge.

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill: "He's a fantastic player and character", said O'Neill on Sky Sports.

Speaking to BBC Radio Five Live, the Derryman said the surgeons were pleased with how the operation went.

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"I know him as well as anyone and I think everyone is disappointed, and from Seamus' point of view it doesn't look great". Shortly after, Wales came back and Gareth Bale's long-range effort came within millimetres of hitting the top corner.

"It was a typical British derby game, there was needle all the way through it", Chris Coleman responded angrily to Irish reporters. "I'm not complaining. That's football".

Bale's booking, his second of the competition, rules him out of Wales' next game - the trip to new Group D leaders Serbia on June 11. I've not seen it again. "You don't want to see anybody getting sent off, but there were one or two complaints from our boys when your boys were a little bit late here and there, and some of our boys were as well".

Republic of Ireland will be by far the happier of the teams leaving the pitch, although Wales did well to take a point home after going down to 10 men. He has a great family around him and we, his extended family at Everton, will be here for him to help him get through this over the coming days, weeks and months'.

"Serbia will obviously be glad that he's not playing, but we certainly feel we've got enough to go out there and overcome that".

Granted, the Irish players worked hard, kept their discipline and stopped the Welsh from performing to their optimum, but is that what you expect from an Ireland team in front of a full house?