Boss Owen Coyle was forced to deny claims Derry-born McClean had missed the 1-0 win at Yeovil because he refused to wear a poppy embroidered on his shirt, instead insisting he had a dead leg. McClean featured for Ireland five days later, though, and was voted man of the match in Martin O'Neill's first game in charge against Latvia.
Lee Nicholls, who has kept three clean sheets in his last four Championship outings, is expected to continue in goal although Scott Carson (ankle) is nearing a return. On-loan defender Ryan Shotton has recovered from illness while Jean Beausejour (foot) featured for Chile against England last Friday.
Centre-back Ivan Ramis (knee) has played in three behind-closed-doors friendlies and is close to a comeback but club captain Gary Caldwell, goalkeeper Ali Al-Habsi and winger Shaun Maloney (all hip) remain out.
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