Stoke City will be missing a number of key squad members for the upcoming hectic Christmas fixture schedule. Stephen Ireland, Marc Muniesa, Geoff Cameron and Peter Crouch are all struggling to overcome injuries in time to play again this year.
Stephen Ireland has been deemed fully fit after limping off against Southampton last weekend.
The win over Hull City on Saturday was overshadowed by the horrific injury sustained by Stoke City midfielder Stephen Ireland who required 10 stitches in an open wound which left manager Mark Hughes fuming at another poor refereeing performance.
Stephen Ireland missed two Premier League matches with a hamstring injury but picked up where he left off in his Week 26 return.
Stephen Ireland has returned to full training and is in position to boost Stoke City's attacking options against Aston Villa in Week 26.
Stephen Ireland is suffering from a tight hamstring and faces a late fitness test ahead of Stoke City's Week 25 match with Manchester City.
Stephen Ireland is expected to recover from a "bang on the knee" in time to face Chelsea at the Britannia Stadium on Monday night.
Stephen Ireland has been described as "hopefully" back in contention for Stoke City's Week 5 match-up with Queens Park Rangers.
Stephen Ireland will be held out of the Stoke City squad for Week 3 as he nurses a rib injury back to health.
Stephen Ireland is available for Stoke City's weekend clash with Newcastle United after missing last weekend due to illness.
Stoke City have today completed the permanent signing of midfielder Stephen Ireland from Aston Villa.
Stephen Ireland is ineligible to face Aston Villa as he's on loan at Stoke City from the Midlands club.
Stephen Ireland withdrew from a scheduled appearance in a Stoke City Under-21 side match as he looks to gain fitness.
Aston Villa midfielder Stephen Ireland has joined Stoke City on a season-long loan.