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Erik Pieters | Defensemen

Team: Stoke City
Age / DOB:  (27) / 8/7/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 190

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Erik Pieters put up solid phantom points in Stoke City's Week 35 loss at the Liberty Stadium.
When a team is dominated in possession but not destroyed on the scoreboard as Stoke City were against the Swans, there tend to be one or two defenders who compile solid-to-strong defending stats as they attempt to hold back the opposing tide. Erik Pieters was that man at the Liberty Stadium as he won four tackles, blocked two shots, won three fouls, intercepted a pass and completed a successful cross. It's hard to pick out this sort of performance but Pieters had his second in a row which could indicate he's back to his best after some time out injured. May 7 - 9:46 AM

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Erik Pieters joins Philip Wollscheid as Stoke City defenders facing fitness tests ahead of the Potters' Week 30 match with Crystal Palace.

Stoke City's defense is still at a bit of a deficit with Marc Muniesa definitely out and Pieters and Wollscheid potentially missing as well. Ryan Shawcross is back and will likely partner Marc Wilson in the center of defense but with Muniesa out, it isn't clear who will deputize at left back if Pieters doesn't pass his fitness test. Hughes will likely do everything possible to get Pieters ready to start but if he can't go then either a right back (Andy Wilkinson?) or a versatile defender (Geoff Cameron?) may be pressed into service on the left of the defense.
Source: BBC Sport
Mar 20 - 2:07 PM

Erik Pieters has returned to training after nursing a groin injury back to health and will add to Mark Hughes' defensive options at Villa Park.

It has been a regular M*A*S*H unit along the back line for the Potters over the past couple of weeks but some of the injured are slowly returning to health. Marc Wilson and Pieters join Philip Wollscheid and Phil Bardsley in something approaching a first team defensive group. With goal-shy Aston Villa the opponents this weekend, the Stoke City defense if of particular interest despite coming off of a brutal loss to Blackburn Rovers in the FA Cup.
Feb 20 - 3:21 PM

Stoke City were given a double whammy as they were outclassed by Arsenal in a 3-0 loss and lost fullback Erik Pieters to a groin injury in the process.

In a match they were never in, Stoke will be wondering if they were better off not showing up if it meant one of their starters were to pick up an injury. Marc Muniesa came on to replace Pieters at the start of the second half and would figure to occupy the left back role should Pieters miss next week when the Potters look to bounce back against a QPR side who have yet to collect a point on the road this season.
Jan 11 - 11:34 AM

Erik Pieters scored his first goal in six years in any competition and it was enough to secure a home win for Stoke against Newcastle.

The irony here is that Pieters' first goal in such a long time really wasn't intentional. His intention appeared to be to make a cross and it ended up finding the net behind Tim Krul. The win moved Stoke to within three points of Newcastle and a place in the top half of the table. With Newcastle stumbling badly you wouldn't bet against the Potters finishing 9th for the first time in their history.
Sat, Apr 12, 2014 02:19:00 PM

Stoke City fullback Erik Pieters suffered a calf injury against Arsenal at the weekend and had to be withdrawn after the hour mark.

Pieters will miss Stoke's Capital One Cup match against Tranmere, but is expected back for the weekend's match against Norwich. Marc Muniesa is expected to deputize for Pieters, and Stoke have also confirmed that Asmir Begovic will be rested for this match. Thomas Sorensen will come in net for the Potters.
Tue, Sep 24, 2013 12:01:00 PM