Clucas, Fletcher, McClean injury update as Stoke City stretched again


Sam Clucas has undergone surgery on a double hernia while James McClean faces at least a month on the sidelines as Stoke City face another injury pile up.

Clucas and McClean have both been playing through the pain barrier over the winter but it has actually forced them out of the last two games and while McClean is in an air boot, Clucas has gone under the knife.

Steven Fletcher (groin) missed today’s 2-1 defeat at Brentford but hopes to be in contention to feature in mid-week against Swansea while Rabbi Matondo is also trying to return to training.

Michael O’Neill said: “Sam Clucas had surgery yesterday on a double hernia and won’t be available for the foreseeable future.

“McClean had an injection on a foot injury so the time frame for him is four to six weeks.

“Fox is still out with a hamstring injury, Matondo will hopefully train this week possibly, we’ll just have to see where Fletcher is.

“Collins is out for the rest of the season, Campbell is out for the rest of the season obviously.”

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It has been a unique season with fixtures crammed in but O’Neill doesn’t think that necessarily explains the spike in injuries.

He said: “Possibly… It’s very difficult to really assess it at this minute in time in mid-season. We’ve very rarely had players injured in training, for example.

“The players we’ve had injured have been in games. It’s not been in training because the training we do has been so minimal because of the frequency of the games.

“James has been playing with this injury for a number of months, Sam Clucas has been playing with a hernia. The likes of Morgan Fox, Tyrese, Nathan, they are all injuries in games that have happened as a result of not a bad challenge but a challenge or how the player has landed. Adam Davies got injured in the Swansea game in the match.

“I think maybe we’ve been a little bit unfortunate that way that we’ve lost players.

“Is it the frequency of the games? I’m not sure it is really because not many are muscle injuries. Morgan is probably the one.

“We’ve had a lot of injuries. John Obi has missed a period and Joe half the season so we’ve probably had a lot to deal with as a squad.”





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