MX23RW : Friday, February 22 03:01:43
Oct 9, 2017 at 7.45pm UK at ​Millennium Stadium
Wales
0-1
Rep. IrelandRepublic of Ireland
FT(HT: 0-0)
McClean (57')

Martin O'Neill: 'Seamus Coleman as important as Gareth Bale'

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill has suggested that Seamus Coleman will be missed by the nation just as much as Wales will miss Gareth Bale.

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill has suggested that Seamus Coleman will be missed by the nation just as much as Wales will miss Gareth Bale.

The two sides go head to head on Monday at the Cardiff City Stadium in a bid to seal one of the top two spots in their World Cup qualifying group.

Ireland captain Coleman has been out of contention since suffering a double leg fracture in a challenge by Dragons defender Neil Taylor when the sides met in a goalless draw at the Aviva Stadium in March.

Wales talisman Bale, meanwhile, is out with a calf strain, and when asked how much of an impact being without Bale through injury could have, O'Neill told Sky Sports News: "Wales would naturally miss a player of that calibre, but we've got a world-class player missing ourselves in Seamus Coleman.

"He's been missing and in my mind, he's as big a loss to us as Gareth Bale is to Wales. But Gareth Bale is a world-class player and of course, he's a major threat.

"Him not playing I think helps, but Wales have been able to win matches without him, so I think their mindset is still pretty strong, but so is ours."

Both nations can still qualify automatically for next year's finals in Russia, although they are relying on Group D leaders Serbia slipping up at home to second-bottom Georgia.


Click here for more stories about Seamus Coleman

Click here for more stories about Republic of Ireland

Share this article now:
Joe Ledley in action during the World Cup qualifier between Wales and Georgia on October 9, 2016
Read Next:
Ledley urges Wales to keep calm
>

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel
Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester CityMan City27212474205465
2Liverpool26205159154465
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs26200654252960
4Manchester UnitedMan Utd26156552351751
5Arsenal26155653371650
6Chelsea26155645291650
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves2611693433139
8Watford2610793434037
9Everton2796123639-333
10West Ham UnitedWest Ham2696113239-733
11Bournemouth26103133747-1033
12Leicester CityLeicester2695123134-332
13Crystal Palace2676132734-727
14Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2676132839-1127
15Burnley2676132947-1827
16Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2667132234-1225
17Cardiff CityCardiff2674152447-2325
18Southampton2659122844-1624
19Fulham2645172558-3317
20Huddersfield TownHuddersfield2625191448-3411

Subscribe to our Newsletter


Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
Ultra close-up image of Kevin De Bruyne [NOT FOR USE IN ARTICLES]Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel
Login, I already have my ad-free pass
Log in to customise Sports Mole
Buy ad-free access (show me the options)
Buy monthly ad-free access for £1.20/month
Buy yearly ad-free access for £12 (2 months free)
Settings - Logout - Manage your account
Settings - Logout - Manage your account