James McClean is back up and running – if only Stoke City had a game for him to use up some of that energy.
The Republic of Ireland midfielder damaged knee ligaments in February and had been on the cusp of a return when football was suspended due to the coronavirus outbreak. A joint statement from the EFL and Premier League this morning confirmed matches are postponed until at least April 30.
Michael O’Neill has given his players individual training programmes and he can count on McClean – who has been recording career high statistics in terms of fitness and high intensity running over the winter – to go above and beyond.
Earlier this week the midfielder posted a post-gym session photograph – and what had been on his work out list. It looked exhausting.
“5 min skip warm up,” he explained.
“8 250m concept ski 20 secs rest between reps.
“Assault bike x curve treadmill combo.
“25 calories bike, 4 min high intensity run x 6 constant no rest between.”
This afternoon, McClean has roped in McClean Jr as he continued training in his back garden.
This drill involved a ladder run and dribbling in between cones before dispatching a shot… as the camera pans to his son in goal.
“This is what it’s come to,” he wrote on Instagram. “Shocking goalkeeping!”
McClean has also been dipping into his own pocket to help however he can during the global crisis.
It was revealed yesterday that he has been making large contributions of essential supplies to people in need in his hometown of Derry, via the Corned Beef Tin project.
Now he is in a consortium of players who have raised €25,000 to help League of Ireland players impacted by the pandemic.
He said: “Given what’s going on in the world right now it’s important that everyone in every industry sticks together. I want to throw my support behind this cause because it means a lot to me. It’s where I started and it’s just a small gesture that’s going to hopefully go a long way.”