Player News - Stoke City

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Despite their best efforts Stoke were unable to get Ryan Shawcross fit for Saturdays’ tricky trip to the King Power Stadium to face an in-form Leicester City side.

Mark Hughes was forced into a defensive reshuffle which earned Marc Wilson a recall while Marc Muniesa returned to the eleven in place of the injured Erik Pieters [groin]. However despite the changes Stoke were still able to secure their fifth clean sheet of the season and although Bojan Krkic will steal the headlines for his composed turn and clinical finish to secure the three points it was new signing Phillipp Wollscheid who claimed the man-of-the-match award. Hughes revealed Shawcross will undergo further treatment on the problem which is only thought to be minor - the defender expected to return for next weekends’ FA Cup game at Rochdale.
Jan 18 - 8:21 AM

Bojan was back at the center of things for Stoke City as the Potters took three points home from their trip to Leicester City.

Maybe Bojan took some ballet classes as he was coming up at Barcelona because his goal came from a perfectly executed pirouette. Jon Walters, positioned wide right at the time, passed the ball toward Bojan at the top of the box. The La Masia product stopped the ball with his right foot and then circled around and struck it with his left to beat the Foxes keeper. With Leicester City having been playing better recently the win represents a solid win on the road for Mark Hughes' men.
Jan 17 - 12:09 PM

Maurice Edu has called time on his spell at Stoke City and secured a move to the Philadelphia Union of Major League Soccer.

The US international midfielder saw little of the field after arriving at the Britannia and chose to move somewhere he could restart his professional career. Edu was on loan to the Union for a portion of last season and will now move back to the United States as the center piece of the Philadelphia midfield. The move and the regular playing time that is sure to follow should help Edu compete for a spot in the increasingly competitive US midfield with the Gold Cup coming up this summer and the Copa America and World Cup qualifying on the horizon after that.
Jan 16 - 9:06 AM

Bojan returned to the starting line-up for the Week 21 match at the Emirates but his display was muted as his team lost 3-0 to Arsenal.

It was hardly the return that Bojan would have been dreaming about after his performance against Arsenal at the Britannia but at least he's back in the starting line-up. It's hard to tell whether the issue was the player or the fact that Arsenal scored early and dominated the action. Regardless, with Victor Moses likely back for Week 22 and an easier test @Leicester City the former Barcelona trainee should see his fortunes improve.
Jan 14 - 1:31 PM

Mark Hughes admitted that his Stoke City side were second best during Sundays’ defeat at the Emirates as their poor run against Arsenal away from the Britannia continued.

The Gunners’ looked sharp from the off and had Asmir Begovic to thank for a number of early important saves, but the Bosnian goalkeeper was helpless to stop a Laurent Koscielny header and a precise Alexis Sanchez shot during a rampant first half display by the home side. With Santi Cazorla, Tomas Rosicky and Oxlade-Chamberlain all impressing and Sanchez running the show few were surprised to see the Potters’ make a double substitution at the break – however Hughes revealed post-match that far from being a tactical move both Erik Pieters and Steven N’Zonzi were replaced after feeling slight groin strains – the pair will be assessed over the next 24/48 hours when hopefully the injuries will have settled a bit.
Source: HITC Sport
Jan 11 - 5:22 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

New loan acquisition Phillip Wollscheid will be in the Stoke City squad for the trip to Arsenal on Sunday.

With questions about the availability of Marc Muniesa (groin) and Marc Wilson (knee) uncertain, Wollscheid may be thrown right into the deep end of the pool by Mark Hughes. The Bayern Leverkusen center back on loan to Stoke City for the balance of the season is straight off the Stoke City production line standing 6'4" and being known for his physical style and ability to win balls in the air. It is likely that Hughes would rather give him an easier introduction to life in the Premier League but he may not have that luxury.
Jan 9 - 2:43 PM

Victor Moses has been out since late-November but he could return for the Potters' Week 21 trip to the Emirates.

Mark Hughes will have to decide if Moses is sufficiently recovered and match fit for a start or even a place on the bench as the Chelsea loanee returns to the squad after nearly six weeks out. Moses was a strong presence for the Potters over the first three months of the season and with Bojan rounding into form and returning to health, they could form the core of a dynamic attack when both are healthy. The question is whether both players are ready for that to happen this week or whether we will have to wait until Week 22 to see what they can do together.
Jan 9 - 2:36 PM

Bojan, Victor Moses and Marc Muniesa are all back in training and in the squad for Stoke City's trip to Arsenal in Week 21.

Mark Hughes must decide whether to push his luck with the fitness of his returning trio. All three have returned to training but the Sunday match-up with Arsenal may come too soon for Hughes to risk starting them. Bojan was integral to the Potters' dismantling of the Gunners at the Britannia in December and seems the most likely to get a start as Hughes chases a double over his old foe Wenger.
Jan 9 - 2:33 PM

Ryan Shotton has completed a permanent move to Derby County for an undisclosed fee.

The 26-year-old defender has signed a two-and-a-half year deal that runs until the summer of 2017. Shotton joined the Rams on loan from Stoke City in August. He has made 14 appearances - 13 starts.
Source: Burton Mail
Jan 5 - 7:17 PM

Stoke City captain Ryan Shawcross started 2015 in style, scoring the league's first goal of the new year inside of two minutes into the Potters match with Manchester United. The Red Devils would later equalize and the two sides settled for a 1-1 draw.

Stoke could not have asked for a better start as they won an early corner and scored from it. Peter Crouch headed the kick into the path of an unmarked Shawcross, who quickly pivoted himself and struck the ball on the volley to beat David de Gea. United would go on to level in similar fashion before the half hour mark. It was a bit of a snoozer from that point on, as United would win the possession battle by nearly a two to one ratio while Stoke doubled United in the chances department. It was a Crouch effort that hit woodwork in the 72nd minute that gave the Potters their best chance for the win but they will take the point against a hot Red Devil side. Another tough test lay ahead with a trip to the Emirates up next.
Source: NBC Sports
Jan 1 - 9:53 AM

Stoke City's chances to beat Manchester United took a hit with news from Mark Hughes that "there is a strong possibility that he [Bojan] will miss the match".

Bojan hasn't been in his best form over the past four matches but he is still be best attacking catalyst that Stoke City has to take the action to Manchester United. Without Bojan and long term absentee Victor Moses, the Potters will have to revert to the Tony Pulis style of stout defense and the hope for a set piece goal to get a result. United could be ripe for an upset but Stoke City don't appear to be in the best position to take advantage even coming off of consecutive clean sheet wins.
Wed, Dec 31, 2014 12:11:00 PM

Bojan has been slumping from a fantasy production point of view after a sustained run of excellence.

After putting together a solid eight week stretch that saw him accumulate phantom points along with goals and assists, the Boxing Day penalty goal sticks out like a sore thumb. Week 16 (1), Week 17 (4) and Week 19 (5) have been disappointing for those who thought that Bojan was finally reaching his potential after years in the wilderness. He's still going to be a key player for the Potters but expecting consistent production from him for fantasy purposes seems like it might have been too optimistic. It might be a solid time to sell high in single-ownership formats.
Wed, Dec 31, 2014 11:14:00 AM

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

Asmir Begovic finally had a breakout run of results as Stoke City claimed consecutive clean sheet victories over Everton and West Brom to close out 2014.

Coming out of Week 17, Begovic had totaled exactly 13 points for the season in the Yahoo scoring format. That's a pretty solid week for a Premier League goalkeeper but a disaster total over the course of seventeen matches. He finally got on track in Weeks 18 and 19 with identical 4 save, clean sheet wins for the Potters. His total rose from 13 for the season to 49 over the course of those three days. Hard to imagine too many people were on board to reap the rewards given the poor results to date but he has at least made himself relevant again heading into 2015.
Wed, Dec 31, 2014 11:05:00 AM

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