CYBER RETURN IS NOT GOING DOWN A TWEET.
THE Twittersphere had better watch out. Sunderland's cyber warrior is back, under instructions to mind his language, writes STUART RAYNER.
James McClean ended his selfimposed social networking exile with a spate of innocuous tweets this week.
McClean has a history of tweeting himself into trouble with frank comments, and was told to come off it earlier this season.
Manager Martin O'Neill has warned the winger he is therefore on his own if it lands him in fresh trouble.
He said with an air of exasperation: "Even against the advice of the club he has gone back on. I have to say maybe look out for himself, then.
"I am learning these things all the time from my daughters.
"I have no major problem with people going on these things but what they don't seem to realise is it goes into the public domain.
"As long as he doesn't start to talk about the football club and as long as he doesn't swear, fine.
"These are the things I would take exception to. I am not so sure what we can do. I will have to really have a look at it."
McClean is unlikely to face Arsenal at the Stadium of Light today after an injury playing for the Republic of Ireland on Wednesday.
O'Neill added: "He got an injury in the first half, he continued in the second half and came off after 80 minutes.
"His ankle is particularly swollen which is causing concern."
A fit McClean probably would not have started anyway, having lost his place after a bout of "secondseason syndrome." O'Neill said: "When you first come in you don't know any fear and don't care who you are taking on.
"Then players take a bit of note when you go past them once and they are not mugs but top-quality players who know the game inside out.
"He has been disappointed not to be starting, which I am pleased to hear, but I do think James always had the determination to come back from these things.
"When some sort of plateau arises, if not a slight decline, you have to think it out. Do I expect a tweet calling me a clown? I wouldn't be surprised. I dare him!"
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|Publication:||The Journal (Newcastle, England)|
|Date:||Feb 9, 2013|
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