McClean Set To Feature

James McClean

GARY ROWETT has revealed that James McClean has been medically cleared to feature in tomorrow evening’s clash with Bolton Wanderers.

The Republic of Ireland international has missed the Potters last five Championship encounters after suffering a fractured arm whilst on international duty for his country.

The winger did make a return to training last week but boss Gary Rowett abided by medical advice not to risk the former West Bromwich Albion ace in Saturday’s encounter at Rotherham United.

Speaking at his pre-match press conference on Monday afternoon, the City boss said: “James McClean should be available which is a positive for us.

“He is the sort of player you want in these sort of situations - he is a wholehearted individual who, to be fair to him, wants to put the well-being of the group beyond his own best interests."

“He put his hand up and wanted to feature at the weekend, and to be fair I was close to including him, but in the end I went with the medical advice I was given and gave him those extra few days.

“Macca is a warrior, and he would play through anything if he could - he will have to wear a light cast but he is available for selection.”

He added: “The only decision I have is whether to throw him straight back in or utilise him from the bench. We will give that a lot of thought, and decide what we feel is best for the game.”

Meanwhile, Mame Diouf will continue to miss out as he continues to recover from a hamstring injury, although he could make a return in time for Saturday’s trip to Norwich City.

The City boss also delivered positive news on the rehabilitation of Sam Clucas, with the midfielder making good progress from an injury which has side-lined him since the end of the 2017/18 campaign.

“Sam is making really good progress,” Rowett added. “Our plan with him is to get him through a full week of training and then look to include him in a match during the international break."

“Touch wood, if everything goes to plan, then he would be back and available for selection after the forthcoming break, which would be a huge boost for him and for us.”