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Coleman will return stronger than ever, says Williams

By Damian Spellman

Ashley Williams has revealed he felt "sick" when he realised close friend and Everton team-mate Seamus Coleman had suffered an horrific leg fracture as the pair went head-to-head with World Cup qualification at stake.

The Wales skipper faced Coleman's Republic of Ireland in Dublin on Friday evening, and has admitted he did not know how seriously injured his fellow captain was in a challenge by Neil Taylor until after the final whistle.

Williams said: "After the game, I went straight into their dressing room to speak to James McCarthy, and he told me Seamus had gone to hospital and had broken his leg.

"It was just a weird feeling from everyone around the dressing rooms. Even people who don't know Seamus like I do were gutted. Neil Taylor was completely gutted. He was sitting on the floor virtually in tears.

"He asked me to check if it would be okay to go to see Seamus in hospital. He got his number off me and sent him a text straight away.

"When I found out it was a broken leg, it made me feel sick inside because it's someone who I like so much and is one of my mates.

"He's going to have up and down days, but the way he is, I'm sure his determination will help with his rehab and hopefully we'll have him back sooner rather than later and stronger than ever," Williams added.

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