Seamus Coleman faces months on the sidelines after suffering a horror leg-break in Ireland’s World Cup qualifier against Wales last night.
The Everton defender was on the receiving end of a shocking tackle from Neil Taylor. It was so disturbing that replays of the incident were not shown on television, according to Ireland manager Martin O’Neill.
The tributes poured in for Coleman, with Wayne Rooney tweeting: “Hope Seamus Coleman gets better soon. Horrible tackle.”
And it was. Taylor was shown a straight red card after going in high on the Ireland right-back, sending him into the air.
Taylor’s manager, Chris Coleman, revealed that the Aston Villa defender tried to apologise to Seamus after the tackle.
“Neil Taylor is devastated himself. That doesn’t make it any better for Seamus,” the Welsh coach said, via the Independent.
“He went in [to the Irish dressing room]. I’m not sure Seamus was there, but Neil went across to the home changing room. Not sure he got a hold of him, but he went across.”
Video: Taylor's challenge on Coleman
Ledley was accused of laughing at Coleman
Much to the surprise of football fans, Chris Coleman went on to defend Taylor, saying both sides were guilty of some nasty challenges.
But the reaction to Coleman’s comments was nothing like that compared to what people were saying after a photo of Wales’ Joe Ledley seemingly laughing while Seamus lay on the ground in pain emerged on social media.
Ledley has sought to clear his name this morning by slamming those who believe he was laughing at Coleman.
“I didn’t want to acknowledge the nonsense on here but to those who have wrongly interpreted and commented on what my thoughts were at that moment in time need their heads testing,” Ledley wrote.
“My thoughts are with Seamus Coleman and I wish him a speedy road to recovery.”
It was always unlikely that Ledley was laughing at the Ireland defender. After all, this is a player whose hopes of playing at Euro 2016 were almost ruined when he suffered his own leg break.