Wayne Rooney leads tributes to Seamus Coleman after horror leg break

Tributes poured in on social media last night after Seamus Coleman suffered a horror leg-break following a tackle from Neil Taylor.

In the 69th minute of Ireland’s World Cup qualifier against Wales, Taylor produced a reckless challenge that left the Everton defender in severe pain.

Coleman had to leave the pitch on a stretcher, hooked up to oxygen, while replays of the tackle weren’t shown to protect those watching on television.

Wales manager Chris Coleman defended Taylor after the 0-0 draw, claiming both sides were guilty of causing a fiery encounter.

“It was a typically British derby game, there was needle all the way through the game,” Coleman said, via the Telegraph.

“I’m not complaining about that. A couple of your [Ireland} boys were lucky to stay on the pitch, it was a little bit of both. Your boys did not come off with halos above their heads.”

Video: Taylor’s challenge on Coleman

O’Neill: Devastating blow

Meanwhile, Ireland boss Martin O’Neill vowed that Coleman will work hard to come back.

“It’s a devastating blow for Everton, a devastating blow for us, because he has been having the season of his life, but more importantly it is a huge blow to him,” O’Neill said.

“He has been playing so well, but he will fight like a devil to get back.”

Tributes pour in

Coleman is a well-respected figure among his peers and he wasn’t short of comforting messages on social media. Wayne Rooney, Ross Barkley and Hector Bellerin were among those to pay tribute, with Rooney describing Taylor’s challenge as a “horrible tackle”.

Check out the responses below.

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Bale could have gone, too

Wales were fortunate that Gareth Bale wasn’t shown a red card minutes before Taylor received his marching orders.

The Real Madrid man went in high on John O’Shea but escaped with just a yellow card.

Coleman defended Bale

Once again, Chris Coleman came to the defence of his player by claiming the incident was blown out of proportion due to Bale’s status.

“As for the Bale tackle, I’m going to sit on the fence,” Coleman added. “I’ve not seen it on television, I’ve only seen it in real time and for me, he has to go for it [the ball].

“I think we are making a bigger deal out of it because it’s Gareth Bale. It was a physical game, there were tackles flying in all game.”

Unfortunately for Seamus Coleman, he was on the receiving end of the worst one of them all.

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