(Reuters) - Ireland and Everton defender Seamus Coleman underwent a successful leg operation but it is too early to put a time frame on his recovery, the country's manager Martin O'Neill has said.
Coleman suffered a double leg fracture following a wild challenge by Wales defender Neil Taylor, who was shown a straight red card in the goalless World Cup qualifier at Dublin's Aviva Stadium on Friday.
"I'm not sure, I would only be guessing," O'Neill told reporters when asked how long Coleman could be out of action.
"Sometimes there are complications afterwards and injuries can be more prolonged, other times it can be clean and clear sailing.
"It will take some time but Seamus has great determination and sometimes those things work very much in your favour, in terms of recovery."
The Ireland skipper is set to miss the rest of the Premier League season and the five remaining World Cup qualifiers over the next seven months, with a possibility of an additional playoff tie in November.
"It will take some time to heal, it's a double break but it has been pinned up now and screwed in," O'Neill added.
"I know the doctors and surgeons are all very, very pleased with the way the operation has gone and now it's time for recuperation."
Ireland, who slipped to second spot in qualifying group D, next host fourth-placed Austria on June 11.
(Reporting by Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru)