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Shane Long used birth tips to aid Seamus Coleman

By Mark Critchley

Shane Long used breathing techniques he learned during his wife's pregnancy to help comfort his stricken Republic of Ireland captain Seamus Coleman, it has been revealed.

Long was seen talking to Coleman and embracing the full-back as he received treatment on a horrific double fracture of his right leg, caused by a strong challenge by Wales defender Neil Taylor.

The Republic's medical staff gave Coleman oxygen before carrying him off the Aviva Stadium pitch and taking him to St Vincent's University Hospital, where he underwent successful surgery.

Kayleagh Long, Shane's wife, has now revealed what her husband said while attempting to keep Coleman calm and prevent further aggravation of the injured leg.

"I had a hypnotherapy birth and they taught Shane to help me to breathe through it," she explained.

"He told me: 'It all came back to me. I was just talking to Seamus, teaching him how to breathe through it.' He remembered it all.

"I asked if Seamus was listening to him and he said, 'Yes, to be fair, he was. He was really breathing well."

Kayleagh also revealed that Coleman later sent a text message to Shane to thank him for his words of comfort.

Coleman, who has impressed this season at club level for Everton, remains in hospital.

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