By Matt Farr
Joe Allen has revealed his Wales international team mate Neil Taylor was devastated after his challenge left Seamus Coleman hospitalised.
Taylor’s horror tackle on Coleman saw the Everton defender stretchered off and taken to hospital during the 0-0 draw between Wales and the Republic of Ireland on Friday.
It has since been revealed that Coleman has suffered a double leg break, and is set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines of at least six months.
Taylor was shown a straight red card for his challenge, but Allen has revealed his fellow countryman was in bits following the game.
He told the Mirror: “He’s in bits, to be honest. Tayls is one of my best mates and he’s a great guy and he’s really disappointed that one of his tackles has ended up getting someone hurt.
“There was no malice in the tackle and he certainly wouldn’t have intended to hurt anyone.”
The Aston Villa defender has since been subject to endless abuse on social media from football fans following the challenge, with many calling for him to face a lengthy ban.
Everton fans in particular were left furious at the challenge, which sees one of their key first-team stars ruled out at a crucial time for the club.
But Allen, who played with Taylor at Swansea, insists that the challenge was not malicious.
In other Aston Villa news, Steve Bruce is planning talks over the transfer of this Premier League in the summer.