By Matt Farr
Everton full-back Seamus Coleman suffered a horrific injury during the clash between Republic of Ireland and Wales on Friday night – and fans are furious.
Coleman, 28, was caught high and late by Wales and Aston Villa left-back Neil Taylor, who was shown a straight red card for his reckless challenge.
The incident was the main talking point to emerge from what was an underwhelming encounter between the two sides, with a lack of creativity and incisiveness contributing to a goalless draw.
Taylor’s wild tackle saw Coleman carried off on a stretcher and taken to hospital, with reports later confirming that the Everton star had broken his leg.
While many Everton fans were quick to post messages of support to their first team star on Twitter, others chose to attack Taylor, 28, for his challenge.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
Neil Taylor – you should feel well ashamed. Poor Seamus #efc
— DeanoMG (@deano_mg) March 24, 2017
— James Craig (@jamesacraig) March 25, 2017
Neil Taylor needs a long look at himself, caught up in a heated tie and lost it #efc
— Tom C (@tcsaintsfc) March 25, 2017
horrendous tackle. Have no respect for Taylor. Looked to me he had the intent to injure…
— ben d. knee (@everton_ben_) March 25, 2017
@Lee_EFC I'm pretty sure Taylor will still be a no mark League 1 full back that can't kick a football in the intended direction
— Mike (@mikehEFC) March 24, 2017
Neil Taylor- an awful footballer with an awful tackle…
— Mark Lennon (@MarkLennonEFC) March 24, 2017
He's had a bad injury himself that Taylor & should know better.
— Shoey Mc (@ShoeyEFC1234) March 24, 2017
Coleman was the second Everton player to suffer an injury during the international break, with Republic of Ireland team mate James McCarthy picking up an injury during the pre-match warm up.
McCarthy has a history of niggling injuries, and his latest setback did not sit well with Everton fans.
The midfielder had not yet fully recovered from injury prior to his international call-up, so the writing was already on the wall for the Everton man to break down if rushed back by the national side.
As a result, Everton will now be without two key first-team players for the most part of the remainder of the season.
In other Everton news, Goodison Park favourite Wayne Rooney is destroyed Taylor on Twitter.