Player News - Stoke City

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Charlie Adam scored a penalty after Joe Allen had won it to put Stoke City up 1-0 at the Emirates but they couldn't hold the lead and eventually capitulated 3-1.

The Potters had their moments. Adam's penalty was the obvious one but Peter Crouch had a great chance immediately upon his introduction that forced a strong save from Petr Cech. Overall, Joe Allen and Marko Arnautovic were dangerous all afternoon but they couldn't quite come up with the final ball. It was a solid effort on the road against a title contender but not quite enough to actually earn a point.
Source: espnfc.com
Dec 10 - 12:45 PM

Stoke City will have to keep on without defender Ryan Shawcross for another game due to a lingering calf injury.

The Potters captain has missed the club's last two Premier League matches after suffering an injury in training as manager Mark Hughes is cautious to bring him back too soon given his injury history. "Ryan hasn’t managed to join in with the group yet so it is unlikely he will be involved. It’s frustrating but we want to make sure he is right - he is progressing and is doing the right work with the right people, so hopefully it won’t be long until he is back available." Without Geoff Cameron, Shawcross' absence puts the club in a tough spot at center-back, but Marc Muniesa is expected to continue in his role.
Dec 9 - 6:18 PM

Marko Aruautovic came out of the 2-0 win over the Clarets last weekend with a minor knock. He will overcome that knock and be available to start against Arsenal on Saturday.

Stoke City have come on in recent weeks as their squad has returned to something at least resembling full fitness. Integral to that is the opportunity to have Joe Allen, Marko Arnautovic and Xherdan Shaqiri all available at the same time along with first choices at right and left back. All of the above should be available for the match against Arsenal with Joe Allen boasting a crucial goal against the Gunners last season while in a Liverpool uniform. Expect the Potters to be tougher competition than their early season efforts might lead you to believe.
Source: espnfc.com
Dec 9 - 12:35 PM

After recovering from an elbow to the face last weekend, Bruno Martins Indi will be fit for Stoke City's Week 15 trip to Arsenal.

The Potters will be happy to have Martins Indi back because Ryan Shawcross and Geoff Cameron are unlikely and definitely unable to participate respectively. Shawcross' continued absence means that Marc Muniesa is likely to get a second consecutive start for Mark Hughes' side. Expect the Potters to line up with Pieters, Muniesa, Martins Indi, and Johnson across the back in front of Lee Grant. Despite the strong results over the past month, expect the trip to the Emirates to be a little less successful for the Stoke City defense. Any fantasy interest in them should be based on the expectation that tackles won, interceptions and aerial duels won will have to more than make up for the likelihood that they will concede more than the odd goal.
Source: espnfc.com
Dec 9 - 12:32 PM

Stoke City fans can breath easier knowing that goalkeeper Jack Butland has not suffered another major injury setback.

The England international was pulled from last week's U23 match due to discomfort in the warmup, and reports suggested the keeper had sustained another injury to his ankle. But assistant coach Mark Bowen confirmed there is no major setback as Butland recovers from an ankle problem that has kept him out for the last eight months: "He has had his MRI scans and as far as I’m aware it’s one of those where it’s nowhere near as complicated or as bad as the last time it happened to him...It would have been a crushing blow for him if it had been a major setback but at this stage, it’s nowhere near as bad. He’s just aggravated it a bit and we hope to see him back in the next week to 10 days."
Dec 6 - 4:20 AM

Mark Hughes will assess several members of his squad ahead of a tricky trip to the Emirates in game week 15.

Speaking after a bruising encounter with Burnley, the Stoke City manager revealed that Bruno Martins-Indi may have a "crack in his cheekbone" after he was caught by Ashley Barnes’ swinging elbow. The central defender will be fully assessed over the coming days, once the swelling has begun to subside. One potential replacement is Ryan Shawcross, but even though Hughes insists his skipper is not "far away," he is still feeling discomfort and has not re-joined the group in training. "The injury is right in the belly of the calf and these can be a little bit difficult to really shake off quickly because that's clearly where you get your power and you push off from." Marko Arnautovic is also managing an ongoing hip problem which stiffened up during the second half of Saturdays game following a crunching tackle from full-back Jon Flanagan.
Dec 5 - 4:58 AM

Jonathan Walters and Marc Muniesa provided first-half goals as Stoke City cruised to a 2-0 win over Burnley at home on Saturday.

Stoke City got off to a slow start but began to find their groove after defender Bruno Martins-Indi headed a Xhedran Shaqiri cross against the post. The Potters did take the lead 10 minutes later when Jonathan Walters netted his 40th Premier League goal for the club. Walters' goal was brilliant flick as he finished off a well-struck cross from Mame Diouf, following a one-two with Shaqiri. Stoke doubled their advantage in the 35th-minute when Marko Arnautovic's cross found Marc Muniesa, who hammered past Paul Robinson for his first career Premier League goal. The pair of first-half goals proved enough for Stoke to secure their second straight win and break into the top half of table, while the loss leaves Burnley just three points above the drop zone.
Source: NBC Sports
Dec 3 - 1:12 PM

Glenn Whelan has recovered from a hamstring injury and should be fit to start against Burnley in Week 14 action.

Whelan isn't much of a fantasy factor himself but his value in the fantasy world is that his presence might allow Joe Allen to move further up the pitch where he has been very effective. Assuming that Mark Hughes starts the match this way, expect a great match from Allen in what is expected to be a Potters win.
Source: espnfc.com
Dec 2 - 1:41 PM

Joe Allen has been a great story after moving to Stoke City but his fantasy value hinges significantly on where he plays on the pitch.

Joe Allen is back from suspension and a date against Burnley at the Britannia looks tantalizing from a fantasy point of view given the Clarets' struggles on the road. That said, Allen's fantasy value has been very much dependent on where Mark Hughes has deployed him on the pitch. When deployed as a "number ten" Allen has been prolific while a role at the base of midfield has meant significantly less interesting production. With Glenn Whelan back in training and reportedly fit, Allen could move back up front. It is only the uncertainty that makes him less than a sure-fire fantasy pick for Week 14.
Source: espnfc.com
Dec 2 - 1:39 PM

Stoke City could be without its captain for Saturday's match against Burnley this weekend due to a calf injury.

Ryan Shawcross missed the club's shutout win against Watford last weekend due to the injury, which manager Mark Hughes says has not fully healed: "It’s a niggling injury right in the middle of the calf and you have to be careful with those because they can be a little big problematic if you come back too soon. We will be careful with him, he’s out with the physios, he could be back training with us tomorrow but if not then we’ll take our time and see if we can get him back next week." If Shawcross in unavailable, Hughes is expected to go with Marc Muniesa in the center of defense as he did in last week's 1-0 victory.
Source: Stoke City
Dec 2 - 7:07 AM

Stoke City manager Mark Hughes confirmed that the club is powerless to stop Wilfried Bony from leaving for China this winter.

The manager acknowledged that there is a clause in the Ivorian's loan deal from Manchester City that would allow him to cut his loan at Stoke short in favor of a move to the Chinese Super League, although Hughes said he doesn't expect that to happen: "I think that may well be true, but a lot of things have come to the fore to make that happen, not least that Wilf needs to want to go himself...Clearly, if his club thought it was a good deal they would try and influence that but I don't anticipate that happening, certainly not in January."
Source: Daily Mail
Nov 28 - 7:45 AM

Giannelli Imbula may have lucked into a second chance with Joe Allen out suspended.

Imbula has admitted that he hasn't played up to the necessary standard this season. As a result the record signing is not in the starting eleven. He may get another chance this weekend with Joe Allen out suspended. He shouldn't be high on anyone's list of fantasy prospects regardless.
Source: Espnfc.com
Nov 25 - 3:52 PM

Joe Allen will miss the Potters trip to Watford due to suspension.

The Wales international will miss out on Stoke City's trip to Watford after picking up his fifth booking of the season in Week 12. The absence is complicated by Glenn Whelan's potential absence with a calf injury. Gianelli Imbula may be recalled to deputize despite poor performances to date this season.
Source: Espnfc.com
Nov 25 - 3:45 PM

Stoke City manager Mark Hughes was optimistic that Glenn Whelan can return from injury to face Watford this weekend.

The Irish international came out of the break with a hamstring injury that caused him to miss the loss to Bournemouth in Week 12. But while he has recovered, Hughes said the club will have to monitor a minor calf complaint picked up this week: "Glenn Whelan will hopefully be ok now he has had an extra week. His hamstring hampered him last weekend and thankfully that resolved itself, but he now has a slight issue with his calf." Meanwhile, Geoff Cameron will not be available once again as he struggles to recover from a knee injury.
Source: Stoke City
Nov 25 - 7:02 AM

Glen Johnson is expected to line-up at right-back this weekend following the news that Phil Bardsley will miss out through injury.

Bardsley has proven himself to be an able deputy over the past month after Johnson suffered a training ground thigh injury in early October. Stoke lost just once in his five starts – three wins and a draw – but the 31-year-old was clattered [against Bournemouth], forcing him off on the hour mark, and the defender was seen leaving the Bet365 Stadium on crutches. Tests confirm Bardsley will be missing for around five weeks due to an unspecified knee injury. Fortunately for the Potters, Johnson made his comeback from the bench on Saturday and Mark Hughes will be able to call on the England international for the trip to Vicarage Road. Stoke will also check on Glenn Whelan [hamstring] and Geoff Cameron [knee] but Joe Allen is definitely out after collecting his fifth yellow of the season.
Nov 23 - 6:54 AM


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