FOOTBALL: Darron Gibson withdraws from Ireland qualifier but James McClean fit to play

Everton's Darron Gibson has withdrawn from the Republic of Ireland's qualifier against Poland on Sunday due to 'persistent groin problems'.
Everton's Darron Gibson has withdrawn from the Republic of Ireland's qualifier against Poland on Sunday due to 'persistent groin problems'.
  • Darron Gibson returns to Everton for treatment on troublesome groin
  • James McClean declares himself fit for crunch clash with Poland
  • Polish arrive at Aviva Stadium on Sunday as Group D leaders
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THE FAI have confirmed that Derry’s Darron Gibson has withdrawn from the Republic of Ireland’s crunch Euro 2016 qualifier against Poland on Sunday due to injury.

The Hazelbank lad has today (Wednesday) returned to Everton Football Club for treatment on his ongoing groin injury after sitting out training at Malahide this week.

The FAI confirmed on Twitter that Gibson had to withdraw from the Republic’s training camp due to a “persistent groin injury”.

Meanwhile, Gibson’s fellow Derry man, James McClean has declared himself “100%” certain he will be available for Sunday’s game at the Aviva Stadium.

The 25-year-old Wigan midfielder was sent for a scan on his left ankle on Tuesday after limping out of training but today claimed he would be okay for the game against Group D leaders, Poland.

“It’s been positive news, just plenty of rest, plenty of ice and I should be ready to go. You’d have to chop my foot off otherwise,” said McClean.

It’s been positive news, just plenty of rest, plenty of ice and I should be ready to go. You’d have to chop my foot off otherwise.

James McClean

“I’m fine. It’s a bit sore, but it’s just bone bruising. A couple of days’ rest and it should be fine.

“I went for the scan and it came back positive and I’m happy with how it came back. Like I say, it’s just plenty of ice and it should be okay.

“I spoke to the medical staff and we agreed that it was best just to give it that extra 24, 48 hours extra rest. The game is not until Sunday.”