Wil­liams: Cole­man’s leg break made me ‘sick’

New Straits Times - - Sport -

LON­DON: Ash­ley Wil­liams felt “sick” af­ter Ever­ton team­mate Sea­mus Cole­man suf­fered a hor­rific dou­ble leg break in the Repub­lic of Ire­land’s World Cup qual­i­fier against Wales, he said on Wed­nes­day.

Cole­man was in­jured fol­low­ing a reck­less chal­lenge by Neil Tay­lor, who was sent off, dur­ing Ire­land’s 0-0 draw against Wil­liams’s Wales in Dublin last Fri­day.

“I didn’t re­ally see the tackle. All I saw was the red card and my ini­tial re­ac­tion was to go to the ref­eree,” Wil­liams, the Wales cap­tain, told the Ever­ton web­site.

“Af­ter the game, I went straight into their dress­ing room to speak to (Ire­land and Ever­ton mid­fielder) James McCarthy and he told me Sea­mus had gone to hospi­tal and had bro­ken his leg.

“When I found out it was a bro­ken leg, it made me feel sick in­side be­cause it’s some­one who I like so much and is one of my mates.

“He’s go­ing to have up and down days, but the way he is, I’m sure his de­ter­mi­na­tion will help with his re­hab and hope­fully we’ll have him back sooner rather than later and stronger than ever.”

Cole­man, 28, un­der­went surgery to pin his bro­ken tibia and fibula in Dublin on Satur­day and is fac­ing a long spell on the side­lines.

In fur­ther bad news for Ever­ton man­ager Ron­ald Koe­man, McCarthy ag­gra­vated a ham­string in­jury in the warm-up prior to the Wales game, while cen­tre-back Ramiro Funes Mori hurt his knee play­ing for Ar­gentina. AFP

Repub­lic of Ire­land's Sea­mus Cole­man lies in­jured af­ter a reck­less tackle by Neil Tay­lor left him with a dou­ble leg break.

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