Ireland Prime Minister Enda Kenny has slammed the horrific tackle from Neil Taylor that left Seamus Coleman with a broken leg.
The tackle even drew attention from Kenny, who is in Rome for a European Union summit.
“I thought it was a horrific tackle, a compound fracture, of the Irish captain. It’s a very, very bad blow for Seamus Coleman,” Kenny said.
“I hope the surgeons can mend that in a way that he can continue to play again, which is obviously a great challenge for him.
“It’s not usual to find that level of ferocity in tackles in the beautiful game these days, so good luck to Seamus in his recovery.”
A statement released by the Irish FA confirmed that surgeons have operated on the right-back, who faces a long spell on the sidelines.
"Seamus suffered a serious leg injury and has undergone surgery. He has had an exceptional season with both club and country, and he will be a big loss," Ireland head coach Martin O'Neill was quoted as saying.
"But Seamus is so mentally strong that when he has fully recovered he will be as brilliant as before."