James McClean has been suspended from Stoke for an alleged breach of Covid-19 regulations, namely for exercising in a private gym.

McClean won’t play Blackburn on Saturday as the club await the outcome of an internal investigation.

“Stoke City can confirm that James McClean has been suspended with immediate effect pending a disciplinary hearing for an alleged breach of COVID-19 regulations, namely exercising in a private gym,” the club said in a statement.


Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship game between Stoke City and Bournemouth.

“Due to the suspension, McClean will not be eligible for Saturday’s game against Blackburn Rovers.”

McClean has played 16 league games for Stoke this season, with Stoke occupying eighth place in the championship standings.

He’s not the first player to be banned from his club. The Rangers duo Jordan Jones and George Edmundson suffer the same fate in November.

“Chairman Douglas Park, Ross Wilson, Steven Gerrard and I discussed this matter as soon as we were made aware,” said Stewart Robertson, chief executive officer of Rangers.

“We are completely aligned in our actions and the standards that are set at Rangers.

“We will not tolerate any behavior that does not meet these standards and it is completely unacceptable for any of our players to be involved in anything that threatens the excellent protocols that have been implemented at Rangers.”