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Republic of Ireland: O'Shea wishes Coleman a speedy recovery

28 March 2017

At the end of a tense night in Dublin, where emotions were still running high long after the final whistle, Martin O'Neill sounded like a man in a state of shock as he reflected on the bad moment when Séamus Coleman reached out to hold on to his broken right leg.

Ireland - who are nearly certainly set to be without Coleman for the remainder of qualifying - are four points clear of Wales in Group D and only behind leaders Serbia on goal difference.

Gareth Bale went close twice for Chris Coleman's men before Taylor's dismissal swung the pendulum in Ireland's favour. Wayne Rooney described the challenge as "horrible" on Twitter, and he's not the only one who shares that view.

"But, no matter how badly he feels, or we feel, it's worse for Seamus".

"It's up to us to fill that gap, go there and get a result".

"I know him as well as anyone and I think everyone is disappointed, and from Seamus' point of view it doesn't look great".

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He said: "Seamus has been a terrific captain for his country and on behalf of the FAI Board and everyone in the association, I want to send Seamus our very best wishes".

After the ill-tempered 0-0 draw with Wales, Long merely claimed to have been "trying to settle and relax" Coleman while he spoke with him. I've only seen it in real time when it happened and I didn't see a lot. "He was really breathing well".

The Everton midfielder had been a doubt all week, although manager Martin O'Neill remained positive and named McCarthy in his starting line-up just over an hour before the start of the game. "Even the doctors and surgeons wouldn't be terribly sure", said O'Neill of the timeline for his recovery to full fitness.

The Republic boss added: "Sometimes there are complications afterwards and injuries can be more prolonged, other times it can be clean and clear sailing".

Allen was involved in the game's first flashpoint just before half-time when he was caught by the swinging forearm of Stoke team-mate Glenn Whelan. Will Seamus Coleman be the same player again?