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Stephen James Ireland | Midfielder | #7

Team: Stoke City
Age / DOB:  (30) / 8/22/1986
Ht / Wt:  5'8" / 148

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Stephen Ireland is set for an extended period on the sidelines after the 29-year-old broke his leg in a routine training session on Tuesday morning.
Specific details of the injury have not been released, and as yet there is no current timeline on when Ireland could return to action. Recovery periods vary dependent upon of the severity and type of break but typically 6-8 weeks is generally accepted as a guide in the first instance for a minor fracture. Ireland joins long-term casualties Jack Butland (broken ankle), Afellay (ACL) Marc Wilson and Glen Johnson (both knee) in the treatment room. The 29-year-old has been nothing more than a bit part player this season – all of his 13 Premier League appearances have come from the bench and with only one-year remaining on his current contract - his future at the Britannia remains questionable. Wed, May 11, 2016 04:41:00 AM
Source: BBC Sport

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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.

"Geoff Cameron will be touch and go right up until the two games at the end of the week," says Mark Hughes. "It's more likely that he will miss out at this moment I would suggest, but we will have a look at him at the end of the week. Peter Crouch is training again but he isn't ready yet. Stephen Ireland will be missing until the New Year as he is struggling a little bit with his hamstring. Other than that we are OK but there are still a few days until the match so we will reassess things further down the line." Long-term absentees Shay Given and Marc Muniesa remain sidelined.
Tue, Dec 22, 2015 07:19:00 PM

Stephen Ireland has been deemed fully fit after limping off against Southampton last weekend.

Stephen Ireland wasn't effective last weekend when he was in the match and Stoke City looked like a different team as soon as Charlie Adam was introduced. Adam also scored the match-winner. That leaves Mark Hughes with a selection dilemma as Ireland has recovered and has been the starter while Adam has been more productive in recent weeks. If Ireland starts, there's a good chance he could be a bargain given that Sunderland are this weekend's opposition. The same is true for Adam. Managers who can make changes after line-ups are announced will be interested in this one. Those who have to make late-Friday/early-Saturday decisions should probably steer clear of both players.
Fri, Apr 24, 2015 11:13:00 AM

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.

Ireland was the unfortunate recipient of a Maynor Figueroa tackle from behind which went unpunished by the referee and was missed by the assistant who was within 10 yards of the incident. Hughes will be speaking to the FA and seeking retrospective action following the challenge which he described as career threatening. The injury is likely to keep Ireland sidelined for at least a month and is the latest in a long line of problems this term which include muscular, knee and chest injuries. Fortunately for Stoke their midfield quota is relatively well-stocked at the moment with Steve Sidwell, Charlie Adam, Geoff Cameron and Marko Arnautovic all potential replacements.
Sun, Mar 1, 2015 06:07:00 AM

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.
Thu, Feb 26, 2015 04:02:00 PM

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.
Fri, Feb 20, 2015 03:24:00 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.
Tue, Feb 10, 2015 09:29:00 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