Everton midfielder out of the vital Euro 2016 qualifier against Poland on Sunday

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
James McClean battling to be fit for Sunday's crunch game with Poland
James McClean battling to be fit for Sunday's crunch game with Poland

Republic of Ireland winger James McClean has played down fears that he could miss Sunday's Euro 2016 qualifier against Poland through injury, but Everton's Darron Gibson has pulled out of the squad due to injury.

Wigan midfielder McClean was sent for a scan on his left ankle on Tuesday after limping out of training, but barely 24 hours later, he allayed fears that he could miss the game as he spoke to the media.

Asked if he would recover in time for the clash with the Group D leaders, McClean said: "Oh, 100 per cent, yes.

"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.

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

The results of the scan came as a relief to McClean, who admitted he was concerned when he was forced to curtail his involvement, and he sat out once again as manager Martin O.'Neill put the players through their paces at the Aviva Stadium on Wednesday morning.

He said: "I was, yes, because I didn't remember getting a kick or going over on it, and obviously that's the worrying part. In pre-season, I did my other ankle, so that was kind of on my mind.

"But 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."

McClean was one of a series of players to sit out training with Everton midfielder Darron Gibson the latest withdrawal as failed to shake off a groin injury.