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

Aston Villa left-back Taylor was sidelined for eight months by a broken ankle suffered in 2012 while at Swansea City and Long felt this compounded the Welshman's distress.

Bale will be influential in the outcome of Saturday's (AEDT) blockbuster Group D clash in Dublin and Keane is braced for the Real Madrid forward's impact at Aviva Stadium.

Taylor was sent off in the 71st minute at Lansdowne Road, with Everton full-back Coleman taken off on a stretcher after his right foot was left dangling by an ugly foul.

Mr O'Toole is well known in Irish sporting circles as a former Olympic swimmer.

"I must be one hell of a manager then", said Coleman. "He has had an exceptional season with both club and country, and he will be a big loss", said O'Neill.

"It's not usual to find that level of ferocity in tackles in the lovely game these days, so good luck to Seamus in his recovery".

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Referee Nicola Rizzoli had a big say on the first half and he was arguably the most prominent man on the pitch in the first 45, stopping play at every opportunity. "We are told that it is not so good, which we are sorry for".

"Neil Taylor is not that type of player".

"I've not seen the challenge, but I've seen the outcome, if you like, and it's a bad one for Seamus, and that's a shame because he's someone I respect".

Shane Duffy, Ciaran Clark, Wes Hoolahan, Harry Arter and Daryl Murphy are all injured and Robbie Brady suspended, while Everton midfielder James McCarthy is doubtful with a hamstring problem.

Gareth Bale feels the yellow card he received that will rule him out of Wales' World Cup qualifier against Serbia was harsh.

Only four points separate the four competing nations and it looks like this group will go right to the wire, but Ireland can remain confident as they continue their quest to qualify for the World Cup in Russian Federation in 2018. We have played everybody away, we've still got to play Wales away and have to go to Georgia, but the rest of the games are at home.

  • Marjorie Miles