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Glen Johnson | Defensemen | #8

Team: Stoke City
Age / DOB:  (32) / 8/23/1984
Ht / Wt:  5'11" / 187

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Glen Johnson has resumed training with Stoke City and maybe rushed back into the starting eleven after some disastrous defensive efforts by the club during the first four weeks.
Glen Johnson, more of an attacking right back than a defense-minded one, has rarely been known as a defensive savior in his time as a professional. Such is the depth of Stoke City's early-season struggles that Johnson may find himself cast in exactly that role against Crystal Palace in Week 5. Whether it be as an improvement in the ability of the back four to hold off their opponents or a spark to the attack, Hughes can hardly do worse than what he's seen from his side so far this season. Sep 16 - 11:07 AM

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Glen Johnson felt a "twinge" in his knee that will keep him out of Stoke City's Week 2 match-up with Manchester City at the Britannia.

Johnson, who had resumed training ahead of Week 2, apparently felt a twinge and Mark Hughes determined that the best course of action was a little more rest with training delayed until this coming Monday. That would presumably put Johnson on track to face Everton in Week 3 at Goodison Park. Phil Bardsley deputized last weekend at right back and is the obvious choice to do so again.
Aug 19 - 9:15 AM

Glen Johnson could miss Saturday’s opener at Middlesbrough as Mark Hughes carefully manages his full-back following an injury-plagued calendar year.

Johnson last played competitively back in February, when a knee ligament injury ended his season early. However, the defender returned fully refreshed for preseason, featuring in the club’s first three friendlies before a thigh strain sent Johnson back to the treatment room. "He is the only real doubt we have," confirmed Hughes. "He has an injury that we need to be careful with because if we rush him back then he could re-injure it. If he comes through [training on Friday] then he has a chance, but the likelihood is that we will err on the side of caution." Elsewhere, Marko Arnautovic has recovered from a tight hamstring while Xherdan Shaqiri is over the knock which forced him off in Germany last weekend. Jonathan Walters has "looked good" after joining the group late following his involvement at the Euros.
Source: The Express
Aug 11 - 12:36 PM

Glen Johnson is fit again and it sounds likely that he will be available for the Potters match against the Hammers to close out the season.

Johnson has been injured since February and that injury has been symptomatic of the overall defensive injury crisis at Stoke City over the second half of the season. Johnson, Shawcross, Muniesa, Wilson and Pieters have been injured and/or suspended for significant chunks of the second half and the Potters have fallen off the pace accordingly. With West Ham still challenging for the Europa League next season, Johnson is a tough player to pick this weekend for fantasy purposes. Evaluating the Potters' defense going into the summer is equally difficult given the inconsistent line-ups over the past three-plus months.
May 13 - 3:28 PM

Stoke City have been plunged into a defensive crisis following the loss of Glen Johnson and Marc Muniesa to injury on Saturday.

Muniesa failed to appear for the second half after tweaking his hamstring during the opening forty-five. Although the Spaniard will need a scan, Mark Hughes didn’t appear overly concerned post-match, revealing that Muniesa could return within 10-12 days. Fortunately, the Potters have a two week break after Crystal Palace dumped Stoke out of the FA Cup 4th round in January. However, the loss of Johnson will be a worry. Teammate Philipp Wollscheid accidentally landed on the full-back following a penalty box clearance and Johnson limped off with suspected knee ligament damage: "It looks like a long time out," Hughes said. The pair join Marc Wilson, Ryan Shawcross and Geoff Cameron in the treatment room and the Welsh boss will be hoping the break in Premier League proceedings will allow some of his walked wounded to recover before game week twenty-seven.
Feb 14 - 2:09 PM

Glen Johnson has reportedly shaken off his groin injury and should be available for Mark Hughes as the Potters meet Leicester City in Week 6.

Even if Johnson wasn't good enough at Liverpool he is far and away Stoke City's best answer at right back. Most of the other options are decidedly second rate or are utility defenders who aren't necessarily right backs by trade. The Potters certainly gain more going forward from Johnson than they do at the back and that could be a worry with Marc Albrighton looking to exploit the right side of the Stoke City defense. Hughes will hope that Johnson's potential as an attacker can force Albrighton to stay a little closer to home as a form of muting his potential as a creator.
Source: espnfc.com
Fri, Sep 18, 2015 12:50:00 PM

Mark Hughes will be hoping that the international break will provide enough time for full-back Glenn Johnson to recover from injury with a trip to the Emirates in game week five.

Johnson has started all four PL games since joining the Potters during the summer following his release from Liverpool and the former England international has been a solid performer on the right-hand side. Following injuries to skipper Ryan Shawcross [back] and Marc Wilson [ankle], Hughes has been forced into playing an unfamiliar back four and despite results Stoke have been playing well. Their two defeats [this season] came at the hands of a Philipp Coutinho wonder strike [Liverpool] and West Brom having been reduced to 9-men. Geoff Cameron could move across if Johnson fails to recover in time with either Wollscheid or Wilson coming in centrally.
Thu, Sep 3, 2015 04:11:00 PM

Mark Hughes has confirmed the signing of Glen Johnson by Stoke City.

Stoke City have completed a number of moves in the past week and Glen Johnson signing with them is a solid addition to their defense. WIth Hughes now reporting the deal as done, we feel even better about Stoke's summer moves. We analyzed what this moves means for both Glen Johnson and Stoke City at the link below.
Sat, Jul 11, 2015 06:55:00 AM

Stoke City have been dominating the transfer headlines today and it continues with word from both Sky Sports and The Mirror that Glen Johnson will be signing on a two-year deal.

Stoke City are loaded in the center of defense but they are a bit thin at right back. The Potters will reportedly fill that gap by signing out-of-contract veteran Glen Johnson who was released by Liverpool after his contract expired at the end of the season. Given that no transfer fee will be involved and the contract is a short term deal, this is a sensible deal for Stoke City. It's hard to know what Johnson has left in the tank because no one thrived in the wingback positions at Liverpool last season. It could be that being restored to a more traditional 4-4-2 with more protection around him could see Johnson bounce back at least a little bit from last season's poor performances.
Source: Twitter.com
Fri, Jul 10, 2015 04:18:00 PM

What was once assumed to be a replacement because of injury woes and a subsequent shift in form, it appears Glen Johnson has now carved out a place in Liverpool's XI.

Brendan Rodgers has recently changed his formation to restore a conventional back four instead of three, and it has handed Johnson another opportunity after spending much of 2015 as bench depth. Part of the initial take on the formation shift was a perceived injury to Alberto Moreno but he has since been declared fit only for Rodgers to stick with Johnson this past weekend. The England international is going for pretty cheap in the Yahoo game, but even if you think he is back for an extended run, you may want to wait an extra week as the Reds will be traveling to Stamford Bridge next.
Tue, May 5, 2015 11:07:00 AM

Glen Johnson is battling an illness that could see him miss the squad when Liverpool host Manchester City on Sunday.

Johnson has not been a part of the plans in recent months as he doesn't fit quite well in Brendan Rodgers' wingback formation. He did get a run out in the last league match to finish things up so perhaps Rodgers is looking for a way to freshen him up. For this weekend either way, he is hands off with his spot nowhere near guaranteed, a tough fixture against Man City, and now with an illness to clear.
Source: Express
Fri, Feb 27, 2015 04:10:00 PM

Glen Johnson, once as nailed on as anyone for Liverpool at right back finds himself on the outside looking in as Brendan Rodgers continues to find success deploying a formation that does not suit him.

England's most capped right back in recent years, Johnson has had his place taken over by Lazar Markovic, who is playing opposite Albert Moreno on the wing. The Reds are looking as sharp as ever, especially in defense, so there is no reason to suggest Rodgers is going to tinker with the current formation. If he eventually does though, Johnson would become an attractive budget option as his price falls farther down with each passing week.
Wed, Feb 4, 2015 03:57:00 PM

Brendan Rodgers’ misery was compounded on Sunday when his Liverpool side drew a blank at Old Trafford making it just two wins from eight as the Reds slide to tenth in the table.

The big news prior to kick-off was that Brad Jones would be between the sticks with Belgium goalkeeper Simon Mignolet expecting to be sidelined for an "indefinite period" as Rodgers looks to change things – following the loss to United Jones will be thankful for the vote-of-confidence having looked suspect on the first and third goals. The game marked the return of Kolo Toure [groin] after missing out midweek and the Ivorian was called in action a little earlier than expected as Glen Johnson over-stretched midway through the first half. However Liverpool can at least take heart from the performance of Mario Balotelli – who himself has just returned from injury – the Italian striker looked full of endeavour and was only denied a goal by man-of-the-match David de Gea who pulled off a stunning save.
Sun, Dec 14, 2014 01:56:00 PM

Glen Johnson put his head on the line to dive for a rebound and the resulting goal was the difference between Liverpool and Stoke City.

Liverpool threatened the Stoke City goal consistently throughout the match but it wasn't until late that Glen Johnson got to a rebounded shot with his head before the defender could get to either the ball or Johnson's head. Raheem Sterling was frequently the catalyst as Liverpool attacked but it was a Rickie Lambert header onto and then off of the crossbar that presented Johnson with the chance he took. The goal gave Liverpool their first win in seven Premier League matches.
Sat, Nov 29, 2014 12:22:00 PM

Not only were Liverpool on the receiving end of a hugely efficient Manchester City performance leaving The Etihad pointless but the away side also left with a number of injury concerns following their disappointing defeat on Monday.

Brendan Rodgers' defensive problems deepened after his side conceded three sloppy goals against their fellow title contenders and finished the game with ten men, although conceivably things could’ve easily have been worse. Glenn Johnson picked up a thigh problem late into the game as the Reds foraged for some score-line respectability; the England full-back was unable to continue and having already made three substitutions Liverpool finished a man down. Debutant Alberto Moreno (ankle) and Martin Skrtel (knock) also suffered injuries and all three players will be assessed ahead of Sunday’s crucial game at Tottenham.
Tue, Aug 26, 2014 10:51:00 AM