By Harry Sykes
Chris Coleman has insisted that Neil Taylor was unable to speak in the dressing room in the aftermath of his horror challenge on Seamus Coleman.
The Everton right-back underwent surgery in the early hours of Saturday after suffering a double leg fracture in Republic of Ireland’s World Cup qualifier against Wales on Friday.
Coleman is out for the season and facing at least six months, and possibly far longer, on the sidelines although there is not yet an exact timeframe for his recovery.
Villa defender Taylor was sent off for the terrible off-the-ground challenge that football’s ruling bodies are so keen to eradicate from the sport.
Ironically Taylor, 28, has also suffered a nasty ankle break himself in September 2012 during a game against Sunderland when he was at Swansea and missed the rest of the season.
“He’s numb; he didn’t say a word,” said Chris Coleman, the Wales manager, as quoted by the Telegraph. “I was the first one into the dressing room after the game and he was sitting on the floor with his head in his hands.
“But, no matter how badly he feels, or we feel, it’s worse for Seamus. We’ve just got to hope and pray that it’s not too bad for Seamus.”
Coleman had separately pointed out how the game had become heated following several heavy challenges from the Irish team and provided total support of Taylor.
“I defend Neil as a person; he’s a lovely lad. A gentleman,” he said to the Telegraph. “I knew what type of game it was going to be. We knew it was going to be tough and physical. Our boys will stand up for themselves because you have to stand up for yourselves.
“Take the Seamus Coleman incident out of it and there was a bit of needle, but you’ve got to expect that. What you don’t expect is for anybody to come off with a serious injury. There are no complaints for me. Ireland did what they needed to do.”
The length of Taylor’s ban will be decided by a Uefa disciplinary committee.
Wales are now four points behind both the Republic of Ireland and Serbia in Group D.
In other Aston Villa transfer news, talks are to get underway as a proven Premier League performer wants to join the Midlands club.