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Republic of Ireland's 0-0 draw with Wales marred by horrendous Coleman injury

Saturday 25th March 2017
The international break is now in full flow, and arguably the game of the weekend (on paper at least) took place last night. The Republic of Ireland went into this round of fixtures sitting on top of their group but after a 0-0 draw against Wales, they've dropped down into the second. However,  the game was marred by a horrendous injury suffered by Seamus Coleman.

Everton's right-back has been one of the most consistent in the Premier League throughout recent years, but now it looks as though they'll be without his services for quite some time. The Daily Star report that he'll undergo surgery in Ireland today after suffering a leg break following a shocking tackle from Neil Taylor.

Coleman, 28, will be a huge loss for The Toffees, but both club and country will purely be hoping that the Republic of Ireland man can get himself back on the football field again; because that's how bad of a tackle it was.

As for Neil Taylor, he was rightly sent off immediately. The Aston Villa man will be waking up feeling absolutely gutted this morning because he's been around for a while and the Welshman definitely isn't that kind of player. To me, it felt like one of those split-second incidents that nobody could have done anything to prevent - unfortunately, that's one of the risks in football.

Incidents like these are just heartbreaking. This is a footballer who is right at the peak of his powers at the moment, and now he'll be set for a seriously lengthy spell on the sidelines. Honestly, I wouldn't expect him back before the turn of the year which is a proper shame.

The key thing for Coleman now is to rely heavily on his friends and family, whilst trying not to let morale get now. Obviously, that is easier said than done and it'll be tough for him as he watches his teammates take to the field.

Back to the game, then, and it was a rather intriguing 0-0. Gareth Bale picked up a booking that'll rule him out of Wales' next fixture in World Cup qualifying, and before that he almost scored one of the best individual goals I've ever seen. Chris Coleman's team are now four points adrift of both Serbia and Ireland, who sit on eleven points in the group. Qualification for them is now looking a lot tougher.

Ireland did try to push on for the victory when they had the extra man on the field, but a winner never came. Serbia managed to secure all three points in their game earlier on and now they sit in pole position, ahead of Martin O'Neill's team on goal difference. There is still plenty left to play for, but the Republic of Ireland will be hoping to secure a place in the play-off round at the very least.

On the whole World Cup Qualifying Group D is certainly intriguing. Both home nations still have a real shot at making it to the major tournament which takes place next summer, but Wales will miss Bale during their next fixture, whilst Ireland will have to do without Coleman for the foreseeable future.
Jordan Street

Jordan Street, 25-year old sports writer. Avid Manchester United fan and season ticket holder. Lover of the Premier League. Enjoys American sports. Tom Brady's biggest admirer, Kyrie Irving for MVP.


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