Even as horror injuries go, they don’t come much worse than Seamus Coleman’s.
The Republic of Ireland international has suffered a broken leg after a terrible challenge from Wales’ Neil Taylor during the two countries’ World Cup qualifier.
Unsurprisingly, after the 0-0 draw, Coleman’s wellbeing was the main talking point, with players, managers, and fans from both sides hoping he makes a full recovery.
The Evertonian landed awkwardly after the tackle, and it looked sufficiently bad that the TV cameras decided not to show the incident again.
The image that did resonate was one of Ireland team-mate Shane Long cradling Coleman’s head and taking care of him as he was attended by medical staff.
Nobody likes to see any player in such a bad way, and it looks unlikely that the Evertonian will be back on the pitch in 2017.
It was immediately obvious just how much pain Coleman was in.
Long was first on the scene
When asked about his own reaction, Long explained, via Goal:
“It’s not nice, you know? I was just trying to comfort him on the pitch… I was just trying to comfort him. He was obviously in a lot of pain.
“It was a bad challenge, a bad injury. I was just trying to settle him and relax him. It’s not nice to see that happen to anybody. I think everybody loves Seamus. It’s hard to see when he goes down like that, but I’m sure he’ll come back fitter and stronger.”
A lot of fans will have been looking forward to what was billed as a derby encounter, but while it didn’t deliver any goals, there were still plenty of other heated moments.
Taylor is in particularly bad odour, especially as it isn’t the first time this season that he’s committed an outrageous foul, karate kicking Tottenham’s Kyle Walker back in December. There’s certainly a reckless streak that he needs to cut out of his game.
Bale’s bad challenge
The Aston Villa defender wasn’t the only Wales player being criticised either.
Gareth Bale was lucky to stay on the pitch in spite of a high challenge on John O’Shea, but in light of the more serious incident on Coleman, Long wasn’t keen to criticise the Galactico.
“He caught [John O’Shea] high,” he added.
“I think that was honest as well, he was trying to get the ball and score a goal.”