Euro 2016 qualifiers: Republic hit by McClean injury scare

James McClean limped out of a training session with the Republic of Ireland

Euro 2016 qualifier: Republic of Ireland v Poland

Venue:
Aviva Stadium, Dublin
Date:
Sunday, 29 March
Kick-off:
19:45 BST
Coverage:
Score updates on BBC Five Live and BBC Sport website

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill could face an anxious wait over the fitness of James McClean.

The 25-year-old Wigan midfielder limped out of Tuesday's training session in Malahide near Dublin and was taken for a scan on his left ankle.

O'Neill said the scan was precautionary and expected the former Sunderland man to be available for Sunday's key Euro 2016 game at home to Poland.

"He was just feeling it a little bit. We will see how he is," said O'Neill.

"It didn't happen in training. He felt a little bit sore after yesterday. He thought it might go away, but it's just a bit of a pain across the ankle."

REPUBLIC OF IRELAND V POLAND MOST RECENT MEETINGS
November 2013: Poland 0-0 Rep of Ireland - friendly
February 2013: Rep of Ireland 2-0 Poland - friendly
November 2008: Rep of Ireland 2-3 Poland
April 2004: Rep of Ireland 0-0 Poland
November 1991: Poland 3-3 Rep of Ireland
May 1991: Rep of Ireland 0-0 Poland

O'Neill will be desperate to have McClean fit for the clash with the surprise Group D leaders with fellow wide-man Aiden McGeady having not played for Everton since January.

McGeady has recovered from his knee problem but is short of match fitness.

O'Neill, who first worked with McClean during their time together at Sunderland, said he had yet to decide on his team for what could prove to be a pivotal game in the campaign.

But he accepted former Derry City player McClean had become an important player for him.

He said: "James has played exceptionally well for us in most of the games since I have been in charge.

"Obviously I know him quite well - very well, in fact - and yes, he is a good player for us."

O'Neill also has concerns over Burnley full-back Stephen Ward, who was due to undergo a procedure to remove screws used to repair an ankle injury on Monday, while striker Jonathan Walters trained wearing a mask to protect the fractured cheekbone he had repaired recently.

Everton midfield duo James McCarthy and Darron Gibson have been nursed through the early part of the week after their exertions on club duty, while skipper Robbie Keane and new squad member Bournemouth's Harry Arter have now joined up with the rest of the party.

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Sunday 29th March 2015

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As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Czech Rep5410116513
2Iceland54011221012
3Netherlands521211657
4Turkey512268-25
5Latvia5032211-93
6Kazakhstan5014413-91

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wales532072511
2Israel43019549
3Belgium4220121118
4Cyprus5203910-16
5Bos-Herze512256-15
6Andorra5005220-180

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Slovakia5500112915
2Spain54011431112
3Ukraine53026249
4Belarus5113410-64
5Macedonia5104512-73
6Luxembourg5014314-111

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Poland53201631311
2Germany531194510
3Scotland5311115610
4R. of Ireland522111478
5Georgia510449-53
6Gibraltar5005127-260

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1England55001511415
2Slovenia530210469
3Switzerland530211389
4Lithuania5203310-76
5Estonia511315-44
6San Marino5014017-171

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Romania541071613
2Northern Ireland540184412
3Hungary52214318
4Finland511357-24
5Faroe Islands510427-53
6Greece502315-42

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Austria5410102813
2Sweden52307349
3Russia41216335
4Montenegro41213215
5Liechtenstein5113111-104
6Moldova501428-61

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Croatia54101521313
2Italy532084411
3Norway530278-19
4Bulgaria512267-15
5Azerbaijan5104411-73
6Malta501419-81

I

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Portugal43014229
2Denmark42116427
3Albania421145-17
4Serbia41126601
5Armenia401336-31
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