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James McClean suspended for alleged Covid-19 rule breach

Stoke City has suspended Derry man James McClean after it was alleged he trained in a private gym in breach of Covid-19 regulations.
Seamus McKinney

FOOTBALLER James McClean has been suspended by his club Stoke City after allegedly breaking coronavirus rules.

The Derry man will miss today’s game against Blackburn after it was claimed he trained in a private gym.

It is understood the club took action after he posted a picture of himself on Instagram.

A club spokesman said: “Stoke City can confirm that James McClean has been suspended with immediate effect pending a disciplinary hearing into an alleged breach of Covid-19 regulations, namely training in a private gym.”

McClean, from Derry's Creggan estate, has made 16 appearances for Stoke this season, scoring twice.

He previously played for West Brom, Sunderland, Wigan Athletic and Derry City and tested positive for Covid-19 last November while on international duty for the Republic of Ireland.

Stoke City have given no indication of what action could be taken if it is found that the Derry man breached regulations.

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