Everton defender Seamus Coleman’s season is definitely over after a horrific tackle in the Republic of Ireland’s game against Wales on Friday night.
Coleman was given oxygen before being stretchered off following the challenge with Neil Taylor, who was shown a red card following the tackle.
The incident happened midway through the second half of the World Cup qualifier and manager Martin O’Neill confirmed his skipper had 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.”
It wasn’t a great night for Everton’s Irish internationals as midfielder James McCarthy was named in the starting line-up, only to be withdrawn before kick-off due to a hamstring injury.
“You can train and feel ok – he didn’t feel as if it was worth taking a chance,” added O’Neill.
The goalless draw in Dublin meant the Republic missed out on returning to the top of Group D after Serbia beat Georgia earlier on Friday. Wales are four points behind in third.
Republic of Ireland’s next Group D qualifier is at home to Austria on June 11.