Everton punters in the Transfer Tavern are debating whether Seamus Coleman will ever be the same again, following his horrific leg break whilst on international duty last week.
The Ireland international was caught by Wales defender Neil Taylor, whose two-footed lunge saw him sent off and Coleman’s leg virtually snap in half.
The Everton right-back looks set to be out of action for some time, whilst Taylor’s not got off lightly – with FIFA opening proceedings to extend his suspension at international level.
Domestically, however, Taylor looks set to be in action this weekend for Aston Villa, who he signed for during the January transfer window – going on to make eight starts in the Championship.
Ahead of Saturday’s clash with Norwich City, who dropped out of the Premier League with the Birmingham outfit last season, Villa boss Steve Bruce has given his verdict on Taylor’s tackle, how it may affect the Welshman and Coleman’s lengthy recovery.
As quoted by Mirror Football, he said; “He was reckless, he understands that. He hesitated and was in two minds whether he should go for the challenge but he’s caught him. It’s part and parcel, we see it every week and players get injured, although none of us want to see it.
“He’s never going to forget about it but he’s got to try and get on with it. He’s naturally saddened because it’s certainly not Neil Taylor. He’s recovered from a serious injury himself (a broken ankle in 2012) so he knows what it is.
“He’s very disappointed with what’s happened, it’s saddened him as it’s saddened all of us. He’s just got to knuckle down and get on with it.
“The one thing you don’t want is to see a fellow professional injured, especially someone like Seamus Coleman who epitomises what’s good in a footballer. He’s been a terrific professional all these years. From all of us we wish him a speedy recovery.”
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