James McClean knee injury not as bad as first feared

West Brom winger could be back in action by the weekend

James McClean sustained a bruised bone in the knee while playing for West Brom in a pre-season friendly on Saturday but could be back in action for the club when they take on Deportivo La Coruna this weekend.

Chris Brunt and McClean both had to be replaced in the defeat by Bristol Rovers due to injuries but neither now appears to have a serious problem. Brunt is said to have a minor calf strain while a scan revealed that the Republic of Ireland international injured his knee.

Both will miss the club's game against Port Vale on Tuesday but the pair will be assessed before the game in Spain this weekend with both players reckoned to have a chance of featuring again.

Emmet Malone

Emmet Malone

Emmet Malone is Work Correspondent at The Irish Times