Stoke City manager Michael O'Neill has expressed his disappointment at James McClean's recent involvement with the Republic of Ireland squad following news that the winger is likely to miss the rest of the season after suffering a reoccurrence of a heel injury.  

The injury, picked up in February, forced McClean to miss seven games before the recent international break.

That said, the player did feature for Stephen Kenny's squad and played three times in the space of seven days, scoring the goal in the 1-1 draw with Qatar.

On his return to Stoke, the Derryman made a brief appearance for the Potters in their 2-1 defeat against Millwall on Easter Monday.

It seems that the injury is still giving McClean a problem and his manager is clearly not happy at losing a player for the remaining six games of the Championship season.

Speaking on the Stoke official website, O'Neill said: "He hasn't been able to train since his brief cameo appearance for us on Monday and I'm disappointed with that.

"Clearly, we didn't want him to go away on international duty and firmly believe that has hindered his recovery and we're basically now back to square one in terms of where James is that with injury.

"It's something that unfortunately we weren't able to stop and we're very disappointed how he was handled whilst he was away on international duty.

"I don't envisage that James will be available to play again for us this season."