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Everyone in our camp wishes Seamus a quick recovery, insists Bale

By Damian Spellman

Wales forward Gareth Bale passed on his best wishes to Republic of Ireland captain Seamus Coleman after the Everton man sustained a broken leg in the second half of their goalless World Cup qualifier at the Aviva Stadium.

The visitors were reduced to 10 men in the 69th minute when Neil Taylor was shown a straight red card for the heavy challenge on Coleman. Bale, who will miss the next game against Serbia after picking up another booking, said: "We all wish him a speedy recovery."

Republic boss Martin O'Neill knew something was wrong immediately after the challenge, adding: "I saw Seamus' reaction, he was holding his leg up and it didn't look good."

Real Madrid star Bale was quiet for the most part but he flashed an effort just wide in the 85th minute as Wales threatened late on.

Reflecting on the game, Bale added: "They made it very difficult for us to get on the ball.

"First half they definitely did that, second half I thought we controlled the game very well.

"We created some good chances and were unlucky not to get a goal, but I suppose if you look at the last 20 minutes playing with 10 men, and it's 0-0 - a point is not the worst result."

Republic midfielder James McClean said: "It's been a tough week in Derry and for me personally.

"Martin McGuinness was a huge figure in my life in recent years and I was friends with Ryan McBride. With those two passing, it was tough.

"I room by myself so behind closed doors I got my emotion out.

"The players and staff rallied around me. I owed them a performance.

"I thought it'd be a nice touch to wear the No.5 (the shirt number worn by Derry City ace McBride).

"I can't imagine the pain the family are going through."

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