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Marc Muniesa Martinez | Defensemen | #5

Team: Stoke City
Age / DOB:  (24) / 3/27/1992
Ht / Wt:  5'10" / 159

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Mark Hughes is sweating on the fitness of Marc Muniesa after the full-back picked up a knock in training.
The Spanish defender was expected to return to the Stoke line-up on Monday in place of the suspended Erik Pieters, but his involvement hangs in the balance due to injury: "We have a concern about Marc Muniesa, who hasn't trained since Monday. He had a bang in training," Mark Hughes revealed. "He is the one worry for us at the moment. Given that Pieters is suspended, we are hoping Marc pulls through." However, there was better news regarding Marko Arnautovic who has trained and should be "OK, which is good news." Glenn Whelan hasn’t undertaken a full session with the group yet "but we hope that he will be fine too." Marc Wilson is training but needs a couple of weeks. Glen Johnson and Jon Walters "aren't quite ready" but Joselu is fine following a bout of illness. Apr 14 - 3:46 PM

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The Stoke City defense remains an injury-riddled mess but Marc Muniesa could return this week to help stabilize the situation.

Over the weekend it was Geoff Cameron returning for Mark Hughes' side. In mid-week it might be Marc Muniesa. Ryan Shawcross, Glen Jonhson and Marc Wilson are still not going to be ready so the Potters will be half-fit at best but that's still an improvement over where they have been recently. The visit of Newcastle should help ease the issue and even provide a reasonable chance of a clean sheet at the Britannia.
Source: BBC Sport
Mar 1 - 9:39 AM

Marc Muniesa had to be removed at halftime during Stoke City's win over AFC Bournemouth last weekend with a hamstring injury, adding to a growing list of issues for the Potters defense.

The injuries in defense for Mark Hughes is bad enough that he has pulled his only two fit defenders, Erik Pieters and Philipp Wollschied from participating in any contact drills. The anchor of the back line, Ryan Shawcross is aiming for a Week 27 return against Aston Villa and it may prove that Muniesa's hamstring is not a serious issue, so Stoke have a full week to wait on a fitness boost. For the many fantasy managers who own Jack Butland, they will be hoping that boost will come in time for league play.
Feb 20 - 8:16 AM

Marc Muniesa's return to full match fitness seems to have dragged on forever and it looks like we'll have to wait one more week before we see him on the pitch for the Potters again.

Muniesa has been one of the pleasant stories of the Mark Hughes era a Stoke City. A defender that is more technical and comfortable on the ball as opposed to being a wrecking ball. A nice change from the Tony Pulis era. Last season was something of a coming out party for the Spanish defender. This season has been a frustrating follow-up with injuries hampering his chance of consolidating a spot in the starting eleven. With the back four of Shawcross, Wollscheid, Johnson and Pieters playing well and the Potters doing well, it's hard to see Muniesa being thrown right back into the mix. He might have to wait patiently until someone loses form, gets hurt or needs a rest.
Jan 1 - 11:41 AM

Marc Muniesa had returned to training ahead of last weekend but he didn't even make the bench, this week he is likely to be included and might even be in contention to start.

Mark Hughes finally has his best three center backs available. He has generally had two of Ryan Shawcross, Phillip Wollscheid and Muniesa available each week this season but never all three. It will be interesting to see who Hughes picks once he deems Muniesa fully fit and ready to start. That may come as soon as this weekend so fantasy managers counting on Wollscheid will at least want to be ready with an alternative because Shawcross will definitely start.
Fri, Dec 11, 2015 11:41:00 AM

Marc Muniesa has shaken off his hamstring complaint and trained fully ahead of Stoke City's Week 15 match with Manchester City at the Britannia.

The Potters will need all of their defensive options available to them with the league leaders in town for a visit. When healthy, Muniesa has started regularly at center back this season. The one caveat here is that most of those starts came with Ryan Shawcross out of action. Now that Shawcross is back it remains to be seen which two of Shawcross, Muniesa and Wollscheid are Mark Hughes' preferred partnership.
Fri, Dec 4, 2015 03:25:00 PM

Mark Hughes will be without defender Marc Muniesa this weekend after the 23-year-old limped off during Tuesday nights’ League Cup penalty shoot-out win over Chelsea.

Muniesa was back in the Stoke starting line-up having just recovered from the thigh injury he picked up in training 7-days ago, but now the Spanish youngster looks set for even more time in the treatment room having departed early in the second half with an apparent hamstring problem. However, it wasn’t all bad on the night as captain Ryan Shawcross made his first competitive appearance since undergoing minor back surgery in the summer. The big central defender came through 120 minutes of football – despite having a touch of cramp – and will come into contention for the trip to St James’ Park. Mame Diouf was also back amongst the ranks following injury and compassionate leave. The clubs’ leading goal scorer started in his familiar attacking role before dropping to right-back after Phil Bardsley was dismissed after receiving his second caution of the game at the end of normal time.
Wed, Oct 28, 2015 06:41:00 AM

Marc Muniesa has signed a contract extension with Stoke City that will see him play the next four season for the club.

Muniesa, likely to start in the center of defense with Ryan Shawcross out and Marc Wilson likely to join him, was impressive when healthy last season and fits Mark Hughes' mini-Barcelona motif that he has been building at the Britannia. In pledging his future to the club, Muniesa is helping to validate Hughes' direction and that players with his pedigree are willing to spend a lot of rainy Wednesday nights in Stoke.
Fri, Aug 7, 2015 04:06:00 PM

Marc Muniesa has been declared fit enough to return to the Match Day squad for Week 31.

Muniesa has had a strong breakout season but despite his return to the squad a match against Chelsea is probably not the time to return him to your line-up. Where Muniesa fits in with Mark Hughes' defense fully fit again is also a legitimate question for anyone considering the versatile defender.
Fri, Apr 3, 2015 11:54:00 AM

Stoke City are facing a defensive crisis ahead of the trip to Villa Park in GW26 following the injury to Marc Muniesa during Saturdays’ fifth round FA Cup defeat at Blackburn Rovers.

The loss of Muniesa topped a thoroughly miserable afternoon for the Premier League side who were taught a lesson by their Championship counterparts. The tie was effectively over as a contest early in the second half as the defender pulled up chasing a ball over the top leaving Josh King to grab his second goal of the game to make it 3-1. Stoke were already down to ten men as Geoff Cameron was shown a straight red for denying a clear goalscoring opportunity which rules him out of the Aston Villa tie. With Robert Huth on-loan at Leicester Mark Hughes will be hoping Ryan Shawcross [back] and Marc Wilson [groin] can recover in time as Muniesa is likely miss a number of weeks following his hamstring strain.
Source: Sky Sports
Sat, Feb 14, 2015 01:17:00 PM

Marc Muniesa played a significant part in consecutive Stoke City clean sheets to close out 2014 and his prospects are looking strong after a good first half of the season.

Stoke City have some strong depth at the back with Ryan Shawcross, Marc Wilson, Muniesa, Robert Huth, and Geoff Cameron all capable of playing center back. Muniesa, Cameron, Erik Pieters and Phil Bardsley are all capable of playing in wide defensive roles as well. We knew most of this heading into the season but Muniesa has inserted himself into the conversation as he has gotten his chances over the first half. He is exploding into 2015 on the back of consecutive 16 and 15 point efforts in the Yahoo format. He isn't a no-doubt first-teamer yet but he could get there soon and certainly merits watching.
Wed, Dec 31, 2014 11:10:00 AM

Marc Muniesa injured his hamstring in the Potters' Week 15 victory over Arsenal and is unlikely to be ready to return to the starting line-up for Week 16 against Crystal Palace.

Just whether Muniesa should be considered a starter when healthy at this point or not isn't exactly clear. The Stoke City defense has been a bit of a moving target due to injuries and illness in recent weeks. What is known is that the Spaniard has been effective when called upon and certainly hasn't looked out of place when he has started. With Marc Wilson and Robert Huth both fit again, it seems likely that Muniesa won't be risked until he is definitely ready to go.
Fri, Dec 12, 2014 11:35:00 AM

Stoke City were exemplary during the first half at the Britannia Stadium on Saturday - a performance which blew visitors Arsenal away – and one which signalled intent from the opening 20 seconds.

Peter Crouch scored the quickest goal of the season as Stoke outplayed, outfought and out-gunned a depleted Arsenal side. Prior to the game few would’ve imagined such a comprehensive performance with Glenn Whelan, Steve Sidwell, Victor Moses, Marko Arnautovic and Marc Wilson all missing but with Bojan in scintillating form the Potters swept past their Premier League counterparts in style. However following a controversial disallowed goal midway through the second half Arsenal were able to raise their game coming within a whisker of a point despite the sending-off of Calum Chambers – two yellow cards – although overall you couldn’t disagree that the home side deserved the three points. The injury to Marc Muniesa [hamstring] was the only blemish on an otherwise great day.
Source: The Sentinel
Sun, Dec 7, 2014 03:48:00 PM

Coming off of a brace in League Cup action, Marc Muniesa was given a start against Newcastle and didn't disappoint.

The former Barcelona trainee stepped in for Erik Pieters against Newcastle and neither the club nor the player skipped a beat as they kept a clean sheet with Muniesa providing solid cover. It was a far cry from his brace against Sunderland in the League Cup but a blocked shot, three interceptions and a tackle on top of the clean sheet were enough for a 13 point performance in the Yahoo format. It seems unlikely that he has moved permanently ahead of Pieters but he has served notice that he can be a strong option if Pieters is absent for an extended period.
Thu, Oct 2, 2014 09:46:00 AM

Former Spanish youth international Marc Muniesa scored a brace against Sunderland to put Stoke City through to the final 16 of the League Cup.

Who would have guessed that Stoke City would end up employing two former Barcelona trainees and that the one scoring a brace against Sunderland on Tuesday wouldn't be Bojan? That was the case as left back Marc Muniesa scored two left-footed goals to answer Jozy Altidore's opener and give Stoke City a League Cup win at the Stadium of Light. It is also worth noting that Stoke City held 60% of the possession on the day. It's a far cry from the Tony Pulis era, huh?
Tue, Sep 23, 2014 05:15:00 PM