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Stephen James Ireland | Midfielder

Team: Stoke City
Age / DOB:  (28) / 8/22/1986
Ht / Wt:  5'8' / 148

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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's return to prominence owes a debt to Mark Hughes' faith and Bojan's injury. Regardless of the reasons, the Irish international has made up some of the gap left by Bojan's injury. He missed Week 24 and 25 with a hamstring issue but returned in Week 26 with an assist, two shots on target, and three tackles won in a strong all-around effort. He is a good bet to continue his production given what we've seen so far. Feb 26 - 4:02 PM

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Stephen Ireland has returned to full training and is in position to boost Stoke City's attacking options against Aston Villa in Week 26.

With Bojan out for the balance of the season, Stephen Ireland has solid value when he's healthy, especially when the Potters are playing bottom-half opposition. Ireland appears to be healthy heading into the weekend and Aston Villa are not only bottom-half but sit in the relegation zone. That makes Ireland an interesting prospect in salary cap formats where he is either inexpensive or single-ownership formats where he is still available.
Feb 20 - 3:24 PM

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.

The former Manchester City man has played well for Stoke City since Bojan was sidelined for the season. His best spell as a player in Manchester came while Mark Hughes was his manager and that combination appears to be working again at the Britannia. With their former side coming for a visit in Week 25, Hughes will be hoping that Ireland's hamstring allows him to play. It seems likely that Ireland will recover but fantasy managers should exercise caution as it is not a certainty.
Feb 10 - 9:29 AM

Stephen Ireland is expected to recover from a "bang on the knee" in time to face Chelsea at the Britannia Stadium on Monday night.

Mark Hughes will need to check on a number of first team players ahead of game week 17 as Stoke head into the Festive period hoping to secure the points their recent performances have deserved. Bojan Krkic [hip] has returned to training while Glenn Whelan [hamstring] was back ahead of schedule last weekend - Victor Moses [thigh] is targeting early January. Robert Huth and Marc Wilson are both fit again and vying for a place in the heart of defence while Jon Walters has been in excellent form recently although with an ongoing knee issue the Irish international will need to be checked throughout this busy fixture period.
Thu, Dec 18, 2014 02:24:00 PM

Stephen Ireland has been described as "hopefully" back in contention for Stoke City's Week 5 match-up with Queens Park Rangers.

With the Potters having upgraded their attacking spots in the transfer window, it isn't clear that Ireland will get much playing time even when entirely healthy. It is best to assume that he will make a minimal, if any, contribution this weekend given his place in the pecking order combined with his health not being 100% certain.
Fri, Sep 19, 2014 08:17:00 PM

Stephen Ireland will be held out of the Stoke City squad for Week 3 as he nurses a rib injury back to health.

Ireland wasn't likely to see a great deal of playing time with the arrivals of Steve Sidwell, Bojan Krkic, and Victor Moses to the midfield ranks but a rib injury will ensure that he doesn't figure in Week 3. It seems likely he'll be ready to return after the international break.
Fri, Aug 29, 2014 05:19:00 PM

Stephen Ireland is available for Stoke City's weekend clash with Newcastle United after missing last weekend due to illness.

Ireland will presumably take his place on the Stoke City bench, unless manager Mark Hughes wants to freshen up his side after their defeat to Chelsea. However, Newcastle aren't the same test, and an unchanged XI is expected.
Fri, Apr 11, 2014 10:49:00 AM

Stoke City have today completed the permanent signing of midfielder Stephen Ireland from Aston Villa.

The 27-year old Republic of Ireland international has made 13 league appearances for the Potters this season, but other than that he offers little to no fantasy value. Stoke managed three goals against Liverpool this past weekend, but Ireland only saw 10 minutes of playing time. This signing will open up a spot to bring in another player on loan, but with just two goals and one assist to his name in 2013 Ireland will have some work to do to help your squad in 2014.
Tue, Jan 14, 2014 02:33:00 PM

Stephen Ireland is ineligible to face Aston Villa as he's on loan at Stoke City from the Midlands club.

Another loanee, Liverpool's Oussama Assaidi, will likely take Ireland's place at attacking midfield.
Source: The Guardian
Sat, Dec 21, 2013 02:25:00 AM

Stephen Ireland withdrew from a scheduled appearance in a Stoke City Under-21 side match as he looks to gain fitness.

Ireland has been nursing an ankle injury and it looks like it may take some time for him to be ready to turn out for Stoke's first team.
Source: The Sentinel
Thu, Sep 12, 2013 03:36:00 PM

Aston Villa midfielder Stephen Ireland has joined Stoke City on a season-long loan.

Ireland has been unwanted at Aston Villa and has been on the transfer market for some time now. The loan is a little surprising because Villa wanted to get rid of him, but it's better to loan him than pay his wages so they've settled for a loan. Ireland has the skill to make an impact at Stoke, but we have yet to see how fit and in form he can be. Until he proves himself, don't use him in fantasy.
Source: BBC
Mon, Sep 2, 2013 02:58:00 PM

Aston Villa midfielder Stephen Ireland could be leaving for Championship team Doncaster.

Ireland has not flourished under Paul Lambert and has been on the way out all summer, the question has been where. If Ireland ends up in the Championship, he would obviously not be available for fantasy purposes, but even if he goes to a Premier League team, I wouldn't buy in on him unless I see constant playing time.
Sun, Jul 28, 2013 06:22:00 PM

Mark Hughes is looking to bring Stephen Ireland to Stoke City. Ireland's best spell as a player was in 2008-09 under Hughes' management at Manchester City.

Stoke City desperately need some creativity from midfield and Mark Hughes is going to be linked to pretty much anyone who has ever played for him at Rovers, City, or Fulham. So this one is a gimme. However, the move does make sense for both parties.
Mon, Jun 24, 2013 04:05:00 PM

Aston Villa have signed Holland under 21 international Leandro Bacuna.

Bacuna is a young midfielder with a bright future and could help Villa immediately. It's unknown if Becuna will start right away, but expect him to get playing time. The transfer was from Groningen for an undisclosed fee.
Thu, Jun 13, 2013 11:15:00 PM

Aston Villa are taking offers for midfielder Stephen Ireland.

Ireland hasn't played much in the second part of the season and its obvious he is not in Paul Lambert's plans. He has not played for the last four months and is still owed more than £3m. Aston Villa would be happy to use that money for someone who would actually play next year.
Thu, May 30, 2013 10:02:00 PM