MNT: Coleman undergoes surgery

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MNT: Coleman undergoes surgery

The Republic of Ireland Men's National Team squad underwent a light recovery session on Saturday, 25 March following on from the scoreless draw with Wales at Aviva Stadium the previous evening.
25th Mar 2017

The draw keeps Martin O'Neill's team top of Group D after five games played with 11 points collected - the same as Serbia. The next 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier is at home to Austria on June 11.

Captain Seamus Coleman, who went off injured during the game, underwent surgery on Saturday morning after fracturing his right tibia and fibula, under the care of the FAI's Orthopaedic Surgeon, Professor John O'Byrne and Mr. Gary O'Toole, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon.

"Seamus suffered a serious leg injury and has undergone surgery. He has had an exceptional season with both club and country, and he will be a big loss," said O'Neill.

"But Seamus is so mentally strong that when he has fully recovered he will be as brilliant as before."

Coleman's condition will be monitored over the coming days, while John O'Shea, James McCarthy, Glenn Whelan and Jonathan Walters will also leave international camp and return to their clubs.

FAI CEO John Delaney added: "Seamus has been a terrific captain for his country, and on behalf of the FAI Board and everyone in the Association, I want to send Seamus our very best wishes.

"We look forward to welcoming Seamus back to the Ireland team, following his recovery."

The Ireland squad will resume full training at the FAI National Training Centre on Monday, 27 March in preparation for the 'Three' International Friendly against Iceland on Tuesday, 28 March in Aviva Stadium.