Republic of Ireland’s O’Neill plays down talk of revenge for Coleman

Everton right-back Seamus Coleman has been a large part of the Republic of Ireland’s World Cup qualification campaign, but he will be unable to help the nation in this evening’s crucial clash.

The 28-year-old remains on the sidelines with a broken leg, which he suffered against Wales in March.

Neil Taylor was the man to fracture his opponent’s leg in two places during a challenge in Dublin, and the Aston Villa left-back is expected to be in the squad when Wales welcome the Republic of Ireland to Cardiff.

This evening’s game is huge as both teams need to win in order to have a chance of reaching the finals in Russia next year.

Ireland boss Martin O’Neill has played down suggestions that his team will be out for revenge when they line up against Chris Coleman’s men tonight, but he Coleman will not be far from the players’ minds.

The Telegraph quotes the ex-Villa boss as saying:

“I don’t know about talk of revenge, but certainly, the view among the players, is that if Russia is available to us, then he would very much be in the forefront of our thoughts. He has been a class player, a world class player and he has been essential for us.”