Player News - Stoke City

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Like every side but one this season, Stoke City stood no chance against powerhouse Manchester City on Saturday.

Manchester City ran away with the match early with three goals in 10 minutes, starting with Gabriel Jesus' opener in the 17th minute. But Mame Biram Diouf, from his newfound wingback position, pulled one back in the 44th minute after linking up with Jese for a quick one-two. Then, in the 47th minute, the Potters were fortunate to see Diouf's header deflect off Kyle Walker's leg for the own goal, although Diouf will get the assist in some leagues. However, the Sky Blues dropped four more goals after the scare to make it 7-2 at the final whistle.
Source: NBC Sports
Oct 14 - 12:07 PM

Stoke City will be without Bruno Martins Indi again as he continues to nurse a groin injury.

The impact of the injury is diminished with Kevin Wimmer, Geoff Cameron, and Kurt Zouma all back. The Potters will still be without Martins Indi and Ryan Shawcross for the trip to Manchester City.
Source: Espnfc.com
Oct 13 - 9:41 PM

Joe Allen is an early doubt for the trip to Manchester City after suffering a head injury.

The Wales midfielder was led from the field of play during last nights’ World Cup qualifying clash with Ireland at the Millenium Stadium and there are fears that Allen may have suffered concussion. Mark Bowen [Assistant Manager at Stoke] confirmed the 27-year-old was assessed by a doctor today but he wouldn’t be checked by the club until later this week: "He will come back in on Thursday and we will assess him then," he told the official club website. "There is protocol to follow with injuries of this nature, which we will of course follow." Allen could join captain Ryan Shawcross on the sidelines as he struggles to shake off an ongoing back problem, but there was better news regarding Bruno Martins Indi [groin] who should rejoin the group this week while Jese Rodriguez is already back in full training after missing the win over Southampton due to family reasons.
Oct 10 - 5:13 PM

Peter Crouch scored Stoke's decisive second goal late-on to give the Potters all three points against Southampton.

Southampton pegged Stoke back for the first half-hour of the game, at times forcing all 11 of Mark Hughes' men behind the ball. In spite of being at home, Stoke were limited to attacks on the counter though Choupo-Moting saw one effort saved by Forster. The home side grabbed the lead minutes before half-time as Diouf headed in Adams' corner. The Potters had a golden opportunity to go 2 ahead but Berahino spurned the chance to score a penalty, which had been given away by the returning Van Dijk. Yoshida brought the Saints level after Long mishit hit own shot to the Japan international. The game was delicately poised as the last 10 minutes began and it was Crouch who was there to tap in to win the game for Stoke after coming off the bench. Another bitter pill to swallow for Southampton and a crucial victory for Stoke.
Source: BBC Sport
Sep 30 - 12:14 PM

Kurt Zouma returns after missing out against parent club Chelsea but finds himself the only center back in the squad rated as healthy for this weekend.

With Bruno Martins Indi and Ryan Shawcross definitely out and Geoff Cameron and Kevin Wimmer highly unlikely to feature, Zouma will lead a makeshift central defense. Eric Pieters deputized for Zouma last weekend when Zouma was unable to participate against his parent club. This weekend he is likely to partner him with last weekend's partner, Bruno Martins Indi being the latest victim of the injury bug at the Bet365 Stadium. The only silver lining is that Southampton's attack has been very weak and won't pose nearly the concern that Chelsea's did last weekend.
Source: espnfc.com
Sep 29 - 12:35 PM

Stoke could be forced into a defensive reshuffle this weekend as manager Mark Hughes sweats on the fitness of several first-team players.

Chairman Peter Coates played down concerns that captain Ryan Shawcross had suffered a recurrence of the back injury which hampered him during the early part of 2017: "We are hoping that following the international break Ryan will be all right, and that there’s a fair chance everybody else will be as well." Following the 4-0 home defeat by Chelsea, Hughes mused: "I don't think I have ever experienced anything like this in my time in the game," when discussing his current injury crisis. Geoff Cameron [hamstring] will be given every opportunity to prove his fitness and "maybe" he could return but summer signing Kevin Wimmer is struggling to shake off a thigh problem. "Bruno [Martins Indi] has unfortunately got an issue with his groin," and is expected to miss out although Kurt Zouma is available again after sitting out of game week six [versus his parent club].
Source: Clubcall
Sep 27 - 4:12 PM

Stoke City endured a week to forget following a blowout 4-0 loss to Chelsea at home on Saturday afternoon.

The club has lost all three of its matches this week, following a League Cup loss to Bristol City and last weekend's defeat to Newcastle, and is in the middle of a five-match winless streak during a horrid September. The Potters could only manage two shots on goal against Chelsea, who piled it on late with two goals in the final 15 minutes from hat-trick hero Alvaro Morata. Morata tore apart the Stoke defense, evident on his first two goals when he sprinted away from the Stoke defense before finishing daftly past Jack Butland. The loss means the Potters still sit two points above the relegation zone.
Source: NBC Sports
Sep 23 - 12:18 PM

Kurt Zouma won't be able to play against parent club Chelsea in Week 6 action per the terms of his loan deal.

Missing Zouma for a week wouldn't be a terrible thing for the Potters if they were healthy elsewhere but they are far from it. Ryan Shawcross and Geoff Cameron are both out and Kevin Wimmer is a significant doubt after picking up an injury in the Potters' mid-week Carabao Cup match. Mark Hughes has been playing a three-man center back group recently but it is reasonable to wonder if he'll even have two healthy recognized center backs to face Chelsea.
Sep 22 - 12:01 PM

Geoff Cameron's continuing hamstring issues piles on the misery for Mark Hughes who is going to struggle to field a defense against visiting Chelsea.

The Potters looked deep at the center back position coming out of the summer with Kurt Zouma, Geoff Cameron, and Kevin Wimmer joining returning starters Ryan Shawcross and Bruno Martins Indi. Six weeks into the season and it's looking a bit threadbare as Shawcross and Cameron are definitely out, Zouma can't face his parent club and Wimmer is doubtful as well. With Martins Indi the only regular who is healthy heading into the weekend it might be down to Josh Tymon to partner the Dutch international if Wimmer can't go. Not a good look with Chelsea coming to the Bet365 Stadium.
Sep 22 - 11:58 AM

Stoke City are "struggling a little bit defensively" ahead of their clash with Chelsea after Mark Hughes revealed Kevin Wimmer is a "major doubt" because of injury.

The summer signing from Tottenham damaged his hamstring on Tuesday night and is considered a doubt for Saturday. "We will have to have a look and see how he is today [Friday]," revealed the Potters boss who is missing a several key players. Ryan Shawcross [back], Geoff Cameron [hamstring] and Kurt Zouma [ineligible] won't be available, and, as it stands "of the senior centre-halves that I've got, I've only got one. We are a little bit stretched to say the least. I'm keeping my fingers crossed [but] I am hoping [Wimmer] injury won't stop him playing - clearly at the moment he's a big risk." Mame Diouf is also managing a knee problem but the versatile Senegalese star is expected to feature.
Sep 22 - 5:29 AM

Stoke City fielded a predominantly first team line-up but couldn't overcome Championship club Bristol City as they fell 2-0 while conceding more shots and shots on target to their lower league opponents.

Mark Hughes side have apparently grown comfortable picking up points off of the famous clubs of the Premier League while failing to do their business against the lesser lights. Hughes picked a strong squad against Bristol City but to no avail as goals in the 50th and 60th minutes dropped the Potters out of the League Cup in the third round. Kurt Zouma, Bruno Martins Indi, Kevin Wimmer, Darren Fletcher, Glen Johnson, and Maxim Choupo-Moting were among the regulars who started supplemented by one-time starters like Peter Crouch, Lee Grant, Charlie Adam. Hughes can't say he fielded a line-up of kids as Josh Tymon and Ramadan Sobhi were the only two youngsters who featured.
Source: espnfc.com
Sep 19 - 4:56 PM

Stoke City saw its winless streak extend to three following a 2-1 loss to Newcastle at St. James' Park.

The Potters have yet to win a match since an upset 1-0 win against Arsenal in Week 2, although last week's 2-2 draw with Manchester United certainly constituted as a victory of some sort. But on Saturday afternoon in the Northeast, Stoke couldn't do much more than Xherdan Shaqiri's equalizing goal in the 57th minute. The Swiss international has proven to be a critical cog of the Stoke setup when fit, which he has been through the first five weeks of the season. Just before the hour mark, Shaqiri found the back of the net from distance, but only to see Newcastle score the winner 11 minutes later.
Source: NBC Sports
Sep 16 - 12:18 PM

Geoff Cameron is reluctant to rule himself out of Saturdays trip to St James’ Park despite limping to the sidelines with a muscular problem last weekend.

The U.S. international was forced off at the break against Manchester United and there were initial concerns that Cameron would be missing for a few weeks. However, speaking ahead of the game at Newcastle, the defender has revealed that he is prepared to play through the pain-barrier although Mark Hughes may err on the side of caution as he looks to protect him ahead of the Chelsea fixture in game week six. Kurt Zouma is ineligible under the terms of his loan agreement for the visit of the Premier League Champions and the Stoke boss will not want to exacerbate the problem - potentially ruling Cameron out for the remainder of the month – with captain Ryan Shawcross also struggling due to a niggling back problem.
Sep 13 - 4:46 PM

Stoke City held Manchester United to a 2-2 draw at the Potteries in the final Saturday game of Gameweek 4.

Early in the tie, the visitors pressed Stoke and held the majority of the possession though the hosts had more attempts on goal. The best chance before the scoreboard began to tick fell to Marcus Rashford thanks to a great Bailly ball but the superb Butland was up to the task. Stoke took the lead after 43 minutes through Choupo-Moting, who had been a doubt before kick off. He swept in a cross from the right by Diouf. Mkhi crossed and it fell onto the back of Rashford's head via Matic and Pogba. 1-1 at the break. Lukaku put United ahead with his second attempt due to a Butland save after Mkhitaryan played him in with a great ball. De Gea made one of the saves of the season so far to deny Jese but couldn't do the same from the resulting corner. Jones was caught out of position and Choupo-Moting punished United. Late chances fell to United but there was no goals scored.
Source: BBC Sport
Sep 9 - 2:48 PM

Darren Fletcher is close to a return but Mark Hughes wouldn't commit that he would be fit to face his former club in Week 4.

With Manchester United the opposition in Week 4, Mark Hughes will be hoping that the former United player will be available to feature for the Potters. Jose Mourinho's attack has been on fire through the first three weeks of the season and it will take every bit of Darren Fletcher's veteran savvy to help stem the tide if Stoke City are to get anything from the match. This is even more true with experienced campaigner Ryan Shawcross out and the inexperienced Kevin Wimmer likely to deputize at the center of the defense.
Source: espnfc.com
Sep 8 - 1:59 PM



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