Player News - Stoke City

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The gap between Stoke City and relegation-zoned Swansea City shrunk this afternoon, as a missed penalty by Marko Arnautovic was the defining moment in a 2-0 loss.

The biggest news of the day for Stoke was the return of Jack Butland, but it was clear the keeper was not completely comfortable, spilling the ball a couple of times, but he did make a class save in the second half, looking the Butland of old. The Potters gave up an early goal though and offered little in terms of attack, with Saido Berahino wasting a golden chance just before halftime. Still, Stoke had a chance to get a result, as a foul on Xherdan Shaqiri in the box set up a penalty kick for Arnautovic. The Austrian international blasted it into Southern Wales sky and,less than a minute later, the Swans doubled their lead, which put the game away. Stoke are still firmly in midtable but may be running out of reasons to play with motivation.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 22 - 11:58 AM

Jack Butland was an unused substitute last weekend and will return to the line-up sooner or later. Mark Hughes was non-committal on the topic ahead of the match at the Liberty Stadium.

While Jack Butland is the future of the goalkeeper position at Stoke City, Lee Grant has done well deputizing over most of this season. The decision facing Mark Hughes is when to reintroduce Butland. Given that Butland was on the bench Hughes clearly feels like he COULD play if Grant had been injured. That means that he is weighing the relative merits of an in-form veteran in Grant vs a more talented Butland who will need to get rid of some rust whenever he returns. Fantasy managers should be aware that the decision from Hughes could come at any time.
Source: espnfc.com
Apr 21 - 4:52 PM

Glenn Whelan has recovered from the illness that kept him out of the line-up against Hull City last weekend and should be available as the Potters travel to the Liberty Stadium on Saturday to face Swansea.

Whelan will almost surely start for Mark Hughes' side on Saturday. They may have won without his steady presence last weekend but Hughes seems to prefer to have Whelan in the line-up over Imbula or Cameron who have both spent time in the holding midfield this season. Whelan isn't much of a threat to produce a great deal in any statistical category even against Swansea but you can expect that he will give a stead, unspectacular performance.
Source: espnfc.com
Apr 21 - 4:49 PM

Joe Allen, out last weekend with a hamstring injury, trained during the week and there is a reasonable chance that he will play some role against his former club Swansea in Week 34.

A return to the Liberty Stadium for the Wales international is probably always a sentimental event. He came up with the Swans and his performances there earned him a big money move to Liverpool. Week 34 sees Allen at yet another crossroads of sorts. He started out the season in incredible form and has stalled significantly since. Perhaps a week or two off after a summer playing for Wales in the Euros on top of returning to a regular starting role at Stoke City is just what Allen needs to finish the season strong. If you have to make a decision on Allen before line-ups come out, he's not certain enough to play. If you can wait and he starts, you wouldn't bet against him coming up big back at home in Wales.
Source: espnfc.com
Apr 21 - 4:43 PM

Glenn Whelan is expected to return to the fold this weekend after missing the win over Hull City because of illness.

The tough tackling Stoke midfielder was sent home from training last Thursday in the hope of making a full recovery in time to make Saturdays game, but Whelan was only able to rejoin the group on Tuesday following a particularly bad virus "which wiped him out for four or five days." The out-of-favour 33-year-old, who has made only 3 Premier League starts since the beginning of March, came back looking a little leaner, about half a stone according to manager Mark Hughes, and Whelan will be hoping to force his way back into contention for the trip to Swansea. Joe Allen will also be assessed during the build-up to game week thirty-four as he continues his recovery from the hamstring injury he suffered against his former club Liverpool 10 days ago.
Apr 19 - 1:20 PM

Xherdan Shaqiri was back for Stoke City on Saturday as the Potters beat Hull City 3-1 at the Britannia.

It wasn't just Shaqiri's great goal in the 80th minute to seal the win, it was a great overall performance that saw the Swiss international set up Marko Arnautovic on multiple occasions including the opener. Harry Maguire equalized early in the second half but it was Peter Crouch and then Shaqiri to wrap up the points for the hosts.
Source: Espnfc.com
Apr 15 - 12:16 PM

Ibrahim Afellay is likely lost for the balance of the season due to a significant knee injury.

After coming back from a long-term injury at about mid-season, Afellay had a chance to pick up minutes and starts as Xherdan Shaqiri missed matches. That worked adequately in spurts but Afellay failed to score a goal or pick up an assist in 12 matches (3 starts and 9 as a substitute). With Shaqiri a frequent visitor to the injury list and Afellay now suffering his second significant knee injury in a year the Potters will need to investigate a replacement of some sort this summer.
Source: espnfc.com
Apr 14 - 3:46 PM

Joe Allen will miss Stoke City's home match with Hull City on Saturday after failing to recover from a knock suffered last weekend.

The former Liverpool and Swansea City midfielder started off the season on fire scoring goals, picking up assists, and generally bossing the midfield for Mark Hughes' side. Since his early-season run of excellence, he has come back to earth. He has been a good player for the Potters overall but after glimpses of being a mid-table star he's reverted to being more of an above average contributor for a mid-table club. Still, his absence will be felt with high-flying Hull City coming to the Britannia. Allen has a chance of returning for Week 34 but that is hardly a sure thing.
Source: espnfc.com
Apr 14 - 3:33 PM

Stoke City goalkeeper Jack Butland confirmed that he is ready to return this weekend after recovering from an ankle injury.

The future England No. 1 has not played for the first team this season after suffering multiple setbacks in his recovery from surgery. But Butland started for the U23 side on Monday night and came through the match unscathed, saying he hopes his next run out with the side will be against Hull City this weekend: "Obviously I feel ready and today was the last sort of box which needed to be ticked in terms of my rehab. I feel ready and am looking forward to going back to training and the next decision is now for the manager. Hopefully I’ve given him a headache towards the weekend having come through tonight. I’ll get ready for the weekend and then we will see."
Apr 11 - 11:05 AM

Stoke City saw its losing streak extended to four Premier League matches in a 2-1 loss to Liverpool at home.

The Potters tools their lead just as a boring first half was coming to a close. Xherdan Shaqiri made a cameo appearance in the starting lineup, after a series of injuries that has limited him throughout the season, rummaging down the right wing before finding Walters wide open. The Liverpool killer, six goals in his last eight home appearances, headed the effort past Simon Mingolet for the lead. Stoke City looked to have Liverpool figured out in the first half until the Reds emerged with a completely different side after halftime with Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino subbed on, with the duo scoring two goals within two minutes of each other for the win.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 8 - 12:13 PM

Jon Walters has recovered sufficiently from his concussion to be ready to participate in some form or another against Liverpool at the Britannia on Saturday.

Walters was not ready to go against Burnley in mid-week but the added time off has him ready to at least be considered. Mark Hughes equivocated at least some leaving open the possibility that Walters won't participate but it certainly sounded more likely than not that he would. Presuming that he is healthy enough, the next question is whether or not he will start against the Reds.
Source: espnfc.com
Apr 7 - 4:41 PM

It has been since January since Xherdan Shaqiri played for the Potters but he might finally be ready to go again as the Potters host Liverpool on Saturday.

It certainly isn't something that supporters or fantasy managers should be banking on because we've heard "he's close" or "he might be ready this week" before since this most recent calf injury happened in January. Regardless, given the length of the layoff, it is unrealistic to expect Shaqiri to play the full ninety minutes. A 20-30 minute substitute appearance is probably the most likely scenario with a 60 minute starting appearance probably the best realistic scenario.
Source: espnfc.com
Apr 7 - 4:37 PM

Marko Arnautovic has been better in the second half of the season but not tonight as his missed chances doomed Stoke City to a 1-0 loss at Turf Moor.

The Austrian forward has been one of the few attacking bright spots in the second half of the season for Mark Hughes. He hasn't reclaimed the form of last season but he has certainly been better than what was a disastrous first half of the season. He reverted in Week 31 with multiple missed chances that were among the few that the Potters generated in what was a gritty affair with Sam Dyche's side. Where George Boyd took advantage, Arnautovic did not and that was the difference.
Source: espnfc.com
Apr 4 - 5:12 PM

Geoff Cameron has been returning from a long-term injury and after sitting out most of Week 30, he could be in contention for a larger role in mid-week.

Given the player's age and the duration of his layoff, Mark Hughes seems to be exercising caution as he brings Cameron back from a knee injury. He has only played sporadically despite the Potters seemingly needing the help. Whether Week 31 sees only a longer substitute appearance or actually gets a start against the defending champions remains to be seen. For fantasy purposes, Cameron shouldn't be counted on both because of his recovery as well as Leicester City's sparkling form.
Source: espnfc.com
Apr 4 - 12:01 PM

Glen Johnson will not face Leicester City on Saturday due to the lingering effects of a shoulder injury.

The Potters are mostly healthy at this point outside of long-term absentee Jack Butland, frequently (and again) injured Xherdan Shaqiri, and increasingly fragile Glen Johnson. Johnson's absence means two things. In the short term it means that Phil Bardsley will get another start. In the longer term, it means that Mark Hughes should be shopping for a new right back over the summer either to improve depth or to replace Johnson as a starter since he hasn't been as reliable as a club with limited depth would have hoped for.
Source: espnfc.com
Mar 31 - 12:31 PM


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