Republic of Ireland captain Seamus Coleman suffered a broken leg during his country’s goalless draw against Wales at the Aviva Stadium during Friday night’s 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier.
The 28-year-old was given oxygen before being carried off on a stretcher following a horrible challenge from fellow defender Neil Taylor (Aston Villa) in the 68th minute.
Full-back Coleman, who earned his 44th cap for Ireland last night, has scored four goals and provided four assists in 28 appearances in all competitions for Premier League side Everton.
And, with The Toffees pushing for a top five finish in the English top-flight standings, as well as facing Merseyside rivals Liverpool on April 1, Everton supporters were understandably distressed by their defender’s horrific injury.
Here’s how a selection of Toffees supporters reacted on Twitter…
@Everton Can’t believe what’s happened just feel like crying for him gutted
— Sandra Walsh (@sandrawalsh3) March 24, 2017
@Everton our hero both club and country 60 grand Seamus Coleman
— Simon gregory (@SimonSiomyg) March 24, 2017
@Everton our best wishes to a great footballer and great guy wish you a speedy recovery our club needs you
— 1878 (@website1876) March 24, 2017
— learningcurves (@curvesahead) March 24, 2017
— Wisnu wijaya saputra (@wisnuwijaya88) March 25, 2017
@Everton Get fixed soon Seamus, you’ve been blinding all season. Lads, time to rally and get into the top 5. Speedy recovery matey!
— Colin Simpson (@colsim_1) March 25, 2017
@Everton Get well soon Seamus – future captain of our great club
— Mark Sheward (@toffeeshew) March 25, 2017
@Everton I,m gutted for you Seamus man,get well soon our superstar goalgetting fullback Evertonian Irishman
— wollie (@wollieefc57) March 24, 2017
— Iven Biedermann (@Evertonian1982) March 24, 2017
Then, there is always that one diehard fan who oversteps the mark…
@Everton get Moshiri to hire an assassin for Neil Taylor xoxo
— Michael (@greenallefc) March 24, 2017