Wigan manager Owen Coyle is “embarrassed” at claims that winger James McClean was dropped from the squad to face Yeovil yesterday because he refused to wear a shirt embroidered with a poppy.
The Derry-born winger, who moved to the Latics from Sunderland in the summer, received death threats and faced a storm of criticism last year after opting to wear an unmarked shirt against Everton in the run-up to Remembrance Day.
Rumours escalated on Twitter yesterday afternoon that the Republic of Ireland international had been dropped from the Wigan squad over the issue – but Coyle revealed he sustained a dead leg in training and had simply missed out due to injury.
Coyle said: “The only reason James McClean didn’t play today because he was injured, it’s as simple as that.
“He would certainly have been involved if he was fit. I’m never evasive and always up front, but I’m actually embarrassed that I’m getting asked that question in this day and age.”