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Séamus Coleman mental strength will help recovery, says Martin O’Neill

Republic of Ireland's Seamus Coleman lies injured

At the end of a tense night in Dublin, where emotions were still running high long after the final whistle, Martin O’Neill sounded like a man in a state of shock as he reflected on the awful moment when Séamus Coleman reached out to hold on to his broken right leg. “I was pretty shaken by it,” the Republic of Ireland manager said.

Pressure mounts on Strachan before Scotland’s ‘must-win’ Slovenia clash

Scotland manager Gordon Strachan during training

A persecution complex often envelops a manager in trouble but Gordon Strachan cannot blame a disgruntled Scottish support or media for treating Slovenia’s visit to Hampden Park on Sunday as a defining moment for his reign. That responsibility lies with his employer, the SFA chief executive, Stewart Regan, and a sequence of results that have turned World Cup qualification into a distant prospect with four qualifying matches played.

Arsenal and Manchester United likely to be crowded out by the top four

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger

When the Premier League returns after the international break it does so as if making up for lost momentum; a full midweek programme follows this coming weekend’s fixtures and by the time everyone has played twice in four or five days the remaining games will be down to single figures and the run-in will be under way.

Séamus Coleman leg break a huge blow to club and country, says Martin O’Neill

Republic of Ireland's Seamus Coleman is stretchered off injured

Martin O’Neill described Séamus Coleman’s broken leg as a huge blow to the Republic of Ireland and Everton after the right-back suffered a horrific injury that overshadowed the goalless draw against Wales. Neil Taylor received a straight red card for the reckless challenge that led to Coleman leaving the field on a stretcher and being taken to hospital.

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger

Arsenal and Manchester United likely to be crowded out by the top four

When the Premier League returns after the international break it does so as if making up for lost momentum; a full midweek programme follows this coming weekend’s fixtures and by the time everyone has played twice in four or five days the remaining games will be down to single figures and the run-in will be under way.

Scotland manager Gordon Strachan during training

Pressure mounts on Strachan before Scotland’s ‘must-win’ Slovenia clash

A persecution complex often envelops a manager in trouble but Gordon Strachan cannot blame a disgruntled Scottish support or media for treating Slovenia’s visit to Hampden Park on Sunday as a defining moment for his reign. That responsibility lies with his employer, the SFA chief executive, Stewart Regan, and a sequence of results that have turned World Cup qualification into a distant prospect with four qualifying matches played.

Republic of Ireland's Seamus Coleman lies injured

Séamus Coleman mental strength will help recovery, says Martin O’Neill

At the end of a tense night in Dublin, where emotions were still running high long after the final whistle, Martin O’Neill sounded like a man in a state of shock as he reflected on the awful moment when Séamus Coleman reached out to hold on to his broken right leg. “I was pretty shaken by it,” the Republic of Ireland manager said.

Chelsea's Thibaut Courtois warms up before the match

Real Madrid aim to prise Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois from Chelsea

Real Madrid intend to make a summer move for Eden Hazard as they seek the latest galáctico at the Santiago Bernabéu. They are also considering a bid for his Chelsea and Belgium team-mate Thibaut Courtois and believe the goalkeeper would be open to the move even though he has publicly stated he does not see himself leaving London.

Republic of Ireland's Seamus Coleman is stretchered off injured

Séamus Coleman leg break a huge blow to club and country, says Martin O’Neill

Martin O’Neill described Séamus Coleman’s broken leg as a huge blow to the Republic of Ireland and Everton after the right-back suffered a horrific injury that overshadowed the goalless draw against Wales. Neil Taylor received a straight red card for the reckless challenge that led to Coleman leaving the field on a stretcher and being taken to hospital.

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