Everton defender and Ireland captain Seamus Coleman appeared to be in tears after he suffered a horror tackle at the hands of Aston Villa’s Neil Taylor. The incident happened deep into the second half of Ireland’s World Cup qualifier against Wales.

The game finished 0-0. Ireland coach Martin O’Neill described the injury as a “bad break.” O’Neill added that Coleman is being treated at a nearby hospital. He also said later, “Doctor has confirmed he’s broken his leg. It’s a big loss to Everton and to us. It puts things into perspective.”

It’s impossible not to think of Eduardo at Arsenal and Alan Smith at Manchester United when looking at the above photo. Neither player was the same afterward.

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The tackle was so gruesome that Irish TV refused to show action replays. A witness said that Southampton striker Shane Long had been holding Coleman’s leg in place while medical staff was called for. Oxygen was administered to Coleman. For his part, Neil Taylor was red carded. Welsh Coach Chris Coleman told the media afterward: “The most important thing is Seamus Coleman — we’re told that it’s not so good which we’re sorry for. Neil Taylor isn’t that type of player. I’ve not seen it again so our thoughts are with him, fire and foremost. It was a typical British derby.”

The horror challenge came just after Real Madrid star Gareth Bale was yellow carded for a wild lunge on Sunderland’s John O’Shea inside the Irish penalty area.

Taylor knows all about serious leg-breaking injuries. In September 2012, while he was with Swansea City, Taylor broke his ankle and was ruled out for an entire season.

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