John O'Shea has spoken out about Gareth Bale's high tackle on him 3 years ago

John O'Shea has spoken out about Gareth Bale's high tackle on him

Ireland's nil-all draw with Wales on Friday will be remembered for little else besides Neil Taylor's calamitous tackle on Ireland captain Seamus Coleman.

The Everton full-back suffered a leg break in two places and now faces a long road to recovery, with some predicting that he'll be out of action until 2018.

Just seconds before Neil Taylor clattered into Coleman, Gareth Bale had been booked for a reckless challenge on John O'Shea. O'Shea has now spoken out about Bale's tackle, and said that he was lucky to avoid the same fate as Coleman.

Asked about Bale's tackle, O'Shea was relatively magnanimous: "Thankfully I’m walking away from it, which is no problem."

“I’ve had plenty of stitches put in there. I was lucky considering what has happened to Séamus. On another night there could have been two red cards," he said, according to the Irish Times.

“I can’t remember how many stitches it was. The doctor had to stick some in deep and a few dissolvable ones on top. Hopefully it will heal quickly.”

The Sunderland centre-half is set to miss Tuesday's friendly with Iceland as a result of the tackle.