Everton right back and Republic of Ireland captain Seamus Coleman has successfully undergone surgery to correct the double leg break he incurred on Friday night during a World Cup qualifier between the Irish and Wales.
Coleman was stretchered off with an oxygen mask, and rushed straight to hospital where he was stabilized for the night. The Football Association of Ireland (FAI) reported yesterday -
"Seamus Coleman underwent surgery on Saturday morning, under the care of the FAI's Orthopaedic Surgeon, Professor John O'Byrne and Mr. Gary O'Toole, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon."
The doctors performed the procedure at St Vincent's University Hospital in Dublin to realign the broken tibia and fibula (the two lower leg bones), and then pin and screw them in place.
After the surgery yesterday, Ireland manager Martin O’Neill spoke to the media -
"Seamus suffered a serious leg injury and has undergone surgery. He has had an exceptional season with both club and country, and he will be a big loss
"But Seamus is so mentally strong that, when he has fully recovered, he will be as brilliant as before."
FAI CEO John Delaney also said -
"Seamus has been a terrific captain for his country, and on behalf of the FAI Board and everyone in the Association, I want to send Seamus our very best wishes.
"We look forward to welcoming Seamus back to the Ireland team, following his recovery."