Seamus Coleman is still trying to come to terms with the psychological effects of his double leg break, according to the Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill.
Coleman will remain in hospital in Dublin for the next few days and O’Neill revealed that, although the pain has subsided, the Everton defender is struggling with the realisation he will be lucky to play again this year.
His absence will be acutely felt by both club and country, although Fifa have confirmed they will pay the player’s wages while he remains out injured because it happened while he was on international duty.
The 28-year-old had his leg broken in two places by a horrendous tackle from Wales defender Neil Taylor at the Aviva Stadium of Friday night and had an operation to insert metal screws to help the bones fuse together again.
O’Neill has once again described Taylor’s tackle as “very poor” and made a similar assessment of Gareth Bale’s knee-high lunge that left John O’Shea needed stitches after the game. Although Taylor was shown a red card, Bale escaped with yellow, but has seemingly refused to acknowledge he did anything wrong.
“He's just coming to terms with it, he's still pretty down,”said O’Neill ahead of Tuesday night’s friendly against Iceland. “He’s not in as much pain and the operation went very well.
“It’s just a matter of coming to terms with the fact he is not going to be playing again for a long period of time. That is difficult, but he is slowly getting his head round what has happened.
“I’ve not communicated directly with Everton, but the medical staff have. All I can say about the tackles [by Taylor and Bale] is that they were poor, very poor indeed.
“It has overshadowed everything. Even the result on Friday evening was secondary. It's a bad blow for the player, it’s a bad blow for Everton and us. And he was missed even in the last couple of days around the place.
“He's very, very positive person and he has a very strong family around him who will help him get back too. He is keen to get on to the recovery road as soon as possible, but I think he will be in hospital for a few more days before that can happen.”