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Monday 23 October 2017

James McClean limps out of Republic of Ireland training

Republic of Ireland's James McClean during squad training. Gannon Park, Malahide, Co. Dublin
Republic of Ireland's James McClean during squad training. Gannon Park, Malahide, Co. Dublin
Republic of Ireland's James McClean, with Kieran Murray, team physio, and coach Steve Guppy after picking up an injury during training

WIGAN midfielder James McClean limped out of Ireland's training session in Malahide this morning and is now a concern ahead of Sunday's crucial Euro 2016 showdown with Poland.

The Derry-born player was taking a full part in activities at Malahide but pulled up suddenly and retreated to the sideline where his ankle was heavily strapped. He was then driven away from Gannon Park before the session ended.

McClean is a strong contender to start the Poland game as Martin O'Neill regards him highly and he was prominently involved in the early stages of the campaign. Indeed, he was man of the match in the 1-1 draw with Germany in Gelsenkirchen.

O'Neill has issues in the wide department leading up to the weekend with Aiden McGeady out of club action since January 31 and Robbie Brady returning from a month on the sidelines. The Irish boss indicated yesterday that it would be difficult to gamble on a number of players when he picks his starting XI.

McGeady and Brady did train today but left back Stephen Ward and central midfielder Darron Gibson sat out proceedings.

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