The leg break to the Republic of Ireland’s and Everton full back Seamus Coleman, during the 0-0 draw with Wales at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin, just goes to highlight the perils of international football.
Add to that the recurring injury to midfielder James McCarthy meant that it wasn’t just the Republic who suffered, it was Everton too.
While listening to the game last night on Radio 5Live, I heard the commentary team say there was previous friction between Martin O’Neill and the Toffeemen’s manager Ronald Koeman over the selection and use of injury prone McCarthy.
The injuries to two of the Merseyside’s best players, will no doubt strain that relationship.
However, injuries are part and parcel of the game. Celtic and John Kennedy suffered greatly at the expense of international football, the player’s career was cut short after a horrendous tackle by Ioan Ganea in a Scotland v Romania match in 2004.
It’s incidences like these that have club supporters who’s players are playing for their respective countries, biting their nails until the they all return to safely. For big clubs like Celtic, it can be a worrying time.
Let’s hope both Seamus and James make quick recoveries, meanwhile back to my finger nails…