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One month on from double wrist break McClean returns to action and provides assist for Stoke

The midfielder came on in the second half against Bolton for his first appearance since breaking his wrist in two places last month.

McClean alongside Stoke team-mate Joe Allen on Tuesday night.
McClean alongside Stoke team-mate Joe Allen on Tuesday night.
Image: Nick Potts

JAMES MCCLEAN MARKED his return from injury with an assist on Tuesday night, with Stoke City running out 2-0 winners at home to Bolton Wanderers in the Championship.

McClean has been sidelined for a month following a wrist injury just before Ireland’s Uefa Nations League meeting away to Wales in Cardiff.

The midfielder returned to full training earlier this week, having broken his wrist in two places, and played his first game since 1 September on Tuesday at the bet365 Stadium.

Dutch defender Bruno Martins Indi gave the Potters the lead after 10 minutes, with McClean providing the assist for Thomas Ince having come off the bench with 22 minutes remaining.

The Ireland international picked out Ince just on the corner of the box, with the England winger switching possession onto his right foot before firing past goalkeeper Remi Matthews.

McClean’s return comes in time for Ireland’s crucial upcoming Nations League games in Dublin against Denmark on 13 October and Wales three days later and comes alongside the return of Robbie Brady, who also returned from injury last week after 10 months out.

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