The Ireland winger from Stokes City, James McClean is in a major concern for the national team if he would be physically fit to participate at the UEFA EURO 2020 semi-final match against Slovakia after getting his medial knee ligament injury after Stokes City lost 2-0 to Preston North End.
Statement from Stoke City confirming McClean’s injury would require several weeks to fully recover, “Stoke City can confirm that James McClean is facing several weeks on the sidelines and that Thibaud Verlinden will miss the remainder of the campaign after they both sustained injuries in last night’s defeat by Preston.”
“McClean has a medial ligament knee injury, whilst Verlinden who had to be withdrawn from the action just five minutes after joining the action as a substitute –has an ACL knee ligament injury.
“We wish both players a speedy recovery.”
James McClean himself confirmed his unwanted injury posting a photo of his left leg wrapped in plaster through Instagram.
Further results to be known on the weekend after Stokes City game against QPR, as manager Michael O’Neill would provide upon the winger’s status.
Ireland’s play-off match to qualify for the UEFA EURO 2020 shall be held on March 26 against Slovakia, giving McClean only six weeks left to display if he’s fully capable to help Ireland on their next match. The winning team between Ireland and Slovakia shall proceed to the play-off final match facing the winner between the two teams Bosnia and Herzegovina and Northern Ireland eventually declaring the play-off winner be part of the Euro 2020 group stage entering Group E facing Spain, Sweden, and Poland.
McClean made 6 goals and 3 assists in 27 games this season at the EFL Championship.