Boss: McClean Setback A Big Blow

James McClean

JAMES McCLEAN could be sidelined for up to six weeks, Stoke City manager Gary Rowett has revealed.

The Potters winger suffered a broken wrist whilst training with the Republic of Ireland yesterday ahead of their UEFA Nations League game against Wales and friendly with Poland.

McClean underwent surgery yesterday and Rowett has today outlined the extent of the summer signing’s setback.

The City boss said: “James has effectively broken his arm, it’s quite a bad break that is down toward his wrist.

"He is probably going to be out for the best part of six weeks I would imagine, which is a big blow for us."

“It’s no different to any other break, we need to make sure it all knits together and heals properly until you can come into heavy contact with players again.

“I had the phone call yesterday, it’s bad news for us and it’s bad news for James because he’s made a bright start and we’ve all seen an unbelievably committed player who has been dangerous over the last three or four games.

“He’s been a real threat for us and he will be a huge, huge miss. He’s probably our main winger that will give us that natural width and play like an old fashioned wide man, so that will be a big loss.”