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Gary Rowett dealt frustrating Stoke City blow

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Stoke City winger James McClean has been forced to withdraw from the Republic of Ireland squad for upcoming games after suffering a wrist injury.

The Potters confirmed the news on their website this afternoon, revealing that the former West Brom man will require surgery.

How long he will be out remains to be seen, although the update states that he will miss Ireland’s upcoming games against Wales and Poland.

Martin O’Neill’s men are set to play the Welsh on Thursday before facing Poland next Tuesday.

The fact that McClean will miss both games surely means that he will be a big doubt for Stoke’s fixture against Sheffield Wednesday, which comes just four days after Ireland’s second game.

That would be a blow for Gary Rowett who has picked McClean for every game this season, with the 29-year old playing 90 minutes in six of those seven games.

In that time he has scored one goal, in the recent 2-0 success over Hull City at the Bet365 Stadium.

The Verdict

This is a blow for Stoke and Rowett. Whatever people think of McClean, he is clearly a player that the manager rates and is a key part of the team.

Therefore, he won’t be pleased with the latest news although there’s no timeframe on when he should return.

Obviously, it’s tough for McClean who loves representing his country and has been a key player for the Irish over recent years.

Thoughts, Stoke fans? Will you miss McClean if he is out for a while? Let us know in the comments below.


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