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Coleman 'in better spirits' after leg break - O'Neill

Seamus Coleman is set for a long spell on the sidelines after Neil Taylor's tackle left him with a double leg break. Credit: PA

Seamus Coleman is expected to take the first steps on the road to his recovery from a sickening double leg fracture when he leaves hospital on Wednesday.

As the Republic of Ireland slipped to a 1-0 friendly defeat to Iceland at the Aviva Stadium, Coleman was preparing to start out on the long road back to fitness in earnest with manager Martin O'Neill having found him in good spirits when he visited him on Tuesday.

Seamus is doing much better today. I went to see him again. He's in better spirits.

It's as much to do with he's still got the family around - his brother, his wife, his mother and the youngster all keeping him pretty busy.

I think he's doing much better now. It's not something you're going to get over in 24 hours, 36 hours. He's in much better spirits.

He's getting out tomorrow, I think. It's encouraging to see. He's very positive, which I knew he would be. It's a tough injury. Could he get over it? If anybody can quickly, then Seamus can do that.

– Martin O'Neill press conference

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Irish premier 'confident' relations with US will 'prosper'

Irish premier Enda Kenny Credit: Reuters

Irish premier Enda Kenny has offered his congratulations to Donald Trump and said he is confident relations between Ireland and the US will continue to prosper under the 45th President's leadership.

The Taoiseach vowed to work with the new administration in Washington "in the cause of international peace and security".

"On behalf of the Government and the people of Ireland, I am pleased to offer our sincere congratulations to Donald J. Trump on his election as the 45th President of the United States," Mr Kenny said.

"Ireland and the United States have enjoyed a very close and warm relationship for many generations and I am confident that under his leadership our bilateral relations will continue to prosper."

Earlier this year, Mr Kenny had described remarks by Mr Trump during the presidential campaign as "racist and dangerous".

Republic of Ireland to face Iceland in March friendly

Iceland dumped England out of Euro 2016. Credit: PA

Martin O'Neill will send his Republic of Ireland side into friendly battle with Euro 2016 quarter-finalists Iceland in March.

The Football Association of Ireland has announced that Heimir Hallgrimsson's men will head for the Aviva Stadium on Tuesday, March 24, four days after Wales visit Dublin in a World Cup qualifier.

Both teams have taken seven points from their opening three games in the new campaign.

Iceland, who are ranked 21st in the world, 10 places higher than Ireland, knocked England out of this summer's finals on their way to the last eight.

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