Taylor regrets leg-breaking tackle

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During last weekend’s world cup quarter final,  Seamus Coleman, the Republic of Ireland and Everton right-back, was rushed to hospital with a horrific double leg break. The injury occurred after a shocking tackle from the Wales’ fullback Neil Taylor.

28-year-old Taylor, who plays for Aston Villa, will be suspended for the qualifier in Serbia in June but might be given an extension by FIFA.

When the Welshman (pictured right) was sent off he was so ashamed of himself he sat down by the pitch and was in tears for the rest of the match.

After surgery on Coleman’s fibula and tibia, Taylor even asked the Everton manager to go and visit Seamus and to give him a ‘get well soon’ card.

England and Manchester United’s captain Wayne Rooney wished Coleman a fantastic recovery and said, “that the tackle was absolutely horrific.”

The injury is so bad that it’s possible Coleman may never play for his club again, although the Everton manager, Ronald Koeman, is optimistically predicting his player will be back in 6 months.

He said, “It’s a big, big blow for the player and a big, big blow for the club. It takes time for everybody to come to terms with something like this and, of course, that is felt most deeply by Seamus himself.”

Taylor started his footballing career when he played for Wrexham then moved to Swansea in 2010, helping the Swans get promoted into the Premier League the following season. The left-back moved to Aston Villa in January.

Villa manager, Steve Bruce told the BBC, “Taylor’s deeply disappointed – no-one wants to see a fellow professional badly injured.”


Harry, Year 6

Heighington Millfield Primary Academy