By Amir Mir
Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney has taken to Twitter to lament the “horrible tackle” by Aston Villa’s Neil Taylor on Everton defender Seamus Coleman.
Republic of Ireland international Coleman was participating for his country in a World Cup qualifier against Wales on Friday evening.
In the second half, he was on the wrong end of a nasty tackle by left-back Taylor which resulted in Coleman breaking his leg.
The injury to Coleman overshadowed the game as the Toffees player looked in discomfort when he was being treated by the medical staff.
He was taken off on a stretcher after lengthy treatment which involved him being given some oxygen to try and cope with the pain.
After the match, United forward and boyhood Everton fan, Rooney made clear his feelings about Taylor without actually naming him.
“Hope Seamus Coleman gets better soon,” Rooney wrote on his personal Twitter account. “Horrible tackle.”
Hope seamus Coleman gets better soon. Horrible tackle
— Wayne Rooney (@WayneRooney) March 24, 2017
The news of Coleman’s injury will be a devasting blow for his club, supporters and coaching staff as the right-back will now begin the road to recovery.
Coleman has been a regular feature for Martin O’Neill side at international level, including for Ronald Koeman at club level.
Over the course of the season, he has made 26 appearances for his club, scoring four goals and supplying the same amount of assists.
With Coleman out for the rest of the season, Koeman will have to find a player that can replace the consistent performer in the side.
In other Everton news, Aston Villa fans react on Twitter to Neil Taylor’s horror tackle on Seamus Coleman.