Séamus Coleman underwent surgery on Saturday

The Republic of Ireland 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.

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 11th 2017.

Captain Séamus 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.

“Séamus 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 Séamus 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: “Séamus has been a terrific captain for his country, and on behalf of the FAI Board and everyone in the Association, I want to send Séamus 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 today in preparation for the ‘Three’ International Friendly against Iceland on Tuesday 28th March in the Aviva Stadium.


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