Published: Sat, March 25, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

Ireland's Coleman breaks leg in draw with Wales

Ireland's Coleman breaks leg in draw with Wales

Wales manager Chris Coleman spoke out in defence of his players after Republic of Ireland captain Seamus Coleman sustained a horrendous broken leg during their World Cup qualifying match.

Neil Taylor of Wales was sent off for the tackle on Irish skipper Coleman during the second half of the World Cup qualifier which ended 0-0. "Neil Taylor's not that type of player and he's been there himself with that type of injury", Wales manager Chris Coleman said.

The Irish are known for being passionate sports fans and their football supporters made a very positive name for themselves out in France in the summer and will undoubtedly play a big part in the game against Wales.

Bale's clash with O'Shea could well have seen him walk, with the Real Madrid superstar catching the veteran defender late and high as he tried to get on the end of a cross.

"Apparently it wasn't the best challenge in the world".

"From where I was sitting, he had to go for the ball", Coleman said.

"He's a fantastic player, a fantastic character". If you look at the last 20 minutes, playing with ten men, a point is not the worst result. Will he use a 4-2-3-1 with two holding players in midfield to protect the back four and some of the positions Gareth Bale could drift into.

Ireland do lose top spot to Serbia but did not lose the game. "I have my fingers crossed for Seamus Coleman, he is the most important thing tonight".

Ireland Starting XI lineup: Randolph; Coleman, Keogh, O'Shea, Ward; Whelan, McCarthy; Walters, Hendrick, McClean; Long.

"It's obviously a real blow to him, he's having a season of a lifetime at club level".

The first half was a dismally drab affair, something that was all the more surprising given its first meaningful action.

'I won't be anxious about him because all his career he's been kicked from pillar to post and has dealt with it all, ' he said. They have Aaron Ramsey who thinks he's a great player but isn't.

McClean came desperately close to winning it for the home side five minutes later when his drilled effort was deflected past the post, but Bale went even closer with a curling effort as time ran down.

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