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McClean concern for Sunderland

Winger James McClean is a major doubt for Sunderland's Premier League match with Arsenal after injuring his ankle while on international duty with the Republic of Ireland.

Last Updated: 09/02/13 at 20:29 Post Comment

James McClean: Major doubt for Sunderland's game against Arsenal

James McClean: Major doubt for Sunderland's game against Arsenal

The 23-year-old was hurt in a heavy challenge during the first half of the 2-0 international friendly win over Poland in Dublin on Wednesday.

He managed to play on after receiving treatment with the full extent of the injury only becoming clear after the game.

Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill said: "We have a problem with James McClean, who picked up an injury during the course of the (Wednesday's) game.

"He hurt himself in the first half, but continued in the second half and came off after, I think, 80 minutes in the match and arrived here, where his ankle is particularly swollen. That's causing us some concern at the moment."

McClean has made 31 appearances for the Black Cats this season, scoring five goals.

Striker Danny Graham - signed from Swansea on deadline day - is expected to make his home debut for Martin O'Neill's side against the Gunners on Saturday.

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terling needs to be told though that upon entering the Arsenal squad he will re-enact the final scene from Highlander where he will be thrown around a warehouse by cartoon dragons and then be a mere mortal that will only ever spend three to four weeks a season playing football and the rest on the physio's bed. There can be only one.....player available at The Emirates.

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he game changed in our favour when Carrick came on. We were able to play further up the pitch due to having a player who can give and go with the ball and keep possession. Yet barkley made some runs and Townsend scored a good goal but carrick's inclusion and chiellini's withdrawal made the biggest difference to the flow of the game

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o, you've not silenced anyone Andros, i'm afraid. We know you can score a great goal, and it's really handy to have your direct running and willingness to shoot on the bench. But until you can do the other things expected of a winger (beat the man, put a decent cross in, stay wide etc) then you can't expect more than a regular cameo. Wonderful goal though, what a hit! No wonder Buffon wanted the shirt.

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