Soccer

Irish player suffers gruesome broken leg in World Cup qualifier

Ireland captain Seamus Coleman has broken his right leg after a dangerous tackle by a Wales defender in a qualifying match for the 2018 World Cup on Friday.

Captain Seamus Coleman of Everton carried off on stretcher

Ireland's Seamus Coleman is taken from the pitch on a stretcher after breaking his leg during a World Cup qualifier on Friday. (Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images)

Ireland captain Seamus Coleman has broken his right leg after a dangerous tackle by a Wales defender in a qualifying match for the 2018 World Cup on Friday.

Coleman was carried off the field on a stretcher and taken to a hospital after the 69th-minute challenge by Neil Taylor, who was shown a straight red card.

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Seamus Coleman of the Republic of Ireland holds his broken leg—the result of a reckless tackle by Neil Taylor of Wales during a World Cup qualifier on Friday in Dublin. (Ian Walton/Getty Images)
 

Taylor went into the tackle with Coleman feet first, hitting the middle of the Irish player's lower leg.

The bottom part of Coleman's leg was left dangling, visibly broken.

"We'd like to send our best wishes to Seamus Coleman following his injury this evening," the Irish football association tweeted. "Get well soon, Seamus."

The 28-year-old Coleman is a right back with Premier League club Everton.

The match ended 0-0. 

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