Player News - Stoke City

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Mark Hughes will be hoping that the international break will provide enough time for full-back Glenn Johnson to recover from injury with a trip to the Emirates in game week five.

Johnson has started all four PL games since joining the Potters during the summer following his release from Liverpool and the former England international has been a solid performer on the right-hand side. Following injuries to skipper Ryan Shawcross [back] and Marc Wilson [ankle], Hughes has been forced into playing an unfamiliar back four and despite results Stoke have been playing well. Their two defeats [this season] came at the hands of a Philipp Coutinho wonder strike [Liverpool] and West Brom having been reduced to 9-men. Geoff Cameron could move across if Johnson fails to recover in time with either Wollscheid or Wilson coming in centrally.
Sep 3 - 4:11 PM

Amid rumors of a potential move to Norwich City, Jon Walters has reportedly asked out at the Britannia.

The rumor mill indicated last week that Stoke City knocked back two bids from Norwich City for forward Jon Walters. One of last season's pleasant surprises, Walters hasn't seen a lot of action so far this season. He started the first two matches but was withdrawn after 58 minutes in the second and hasn't seen the pitch since. With depth improving at the Britannia, it seems sensible for Mark Hughes to cash in on what little value is out there for a journeyman forward who will turn 32-years-old in September. Walters' value to fantasy managers immediately increases if he does get a move to the Carrow Road where Cameron Jerome doesn't offer particularly stout competition for playing time.
Aug 31 - 3:53 PM

Ibrahim Afellay was baited into a sending-off offense and Charlie Adam followed as Stoke City lost at home to former manager Tony Pulis at the Britannia.

The scenes were reminiscent of Tony Pulis' tenure at Stoke City which were always characterized by uncompromising play that occasionally crossed the line into sendings off. Pulis would not be impressed with the weak slap that saw Afellay sent off but might have been at least a little more appreciative of Charlie Adam's hard-nosed play that went over the line. What he was most appreciative of was getting to play 11-9 for much of the match on his homecoming and picking up three points.
Source: espnfc.com
Aug 29 - 11:57 AM

Bojan looked like he'd be ready to start last weekend but Mark Hughes played it safe, will this be the week he gets his first start of the season for the Potters.

Who would have guessed that Stoke City would ever field a starting eleven that includes high profile flair-type players like Bojan and Xherdan Shaqiri but that's exactly what could happen this weekend as the two are likely to feature together for the first time. Former manager Tony Pulis will barely recognize the red and white striped squad that he used to lead with those sorts of skills on display. With the Baggies struggling so far and Stoke City restored to close to full strength the Potters seem likely to get the better of their old manager.
Source: espnfc.com
Aug 28 - 1:11 PM

Stoke's record signing got an assist in his first match for the Potters but it took a great performance from Jack Butland to secure even a draw at Carrow Road.

The Potters were favorites coming into the match against newly promoted and not highly regarded Norwich City but the Canaries showed that their first two matches of the season were no mirage. They were the aggressors and the more likely to win the match. Mark Hughes had Jack Butland to thank as he made saves from Wes Hoolahan, Russell Martin, Nathan Redmond and Graham Dorrans to save the point.
Source: espnfc.com
Aug 22 - 2:45 PM

Marc Wilson was held out for a second week against Spurs but Week 3 could see him return to active duty as the Potters travel to Carrow Road.

Even minus captain Ryan Shawcross, Stoke City are fairly deep in the center back department with Wilson, Wollscheid, Cameron, and Muniesa all available to play in that spot. Whether Wilson is inserted into the starting line-up now that he is healthy again is a solid question. Mark Hughes has never seemed to be in love with the idea of Geoff Cameron as a center back so Wilson may jump into the spot the US international manned against Spurs last weekend.
Source: espnfc.com
Aug 21 - 1:50 PM

Bojan played 90 minutes for Stoke City's U21s last weekend and could be in line to participate in Week 3 for the Potters.

The nature of Bojan's participation in Week 3 will likely be the question. Does he start the match? Does he come in from the bench at a planned interval? Does he only come in if the Potters are struggling late in the match and in need of some inspiration? Fantasy managers with depth on their benches and those in salary cap leagues should hold off on bringing Bojan into their line-ups. If you're deciding between Bojan and the guys likely to be available off of waivers right now then he's probably worth throwing in there in hopes he gets the start.
Source: espnfc.com
Aug 21 - 12:43 PM

Xherdan Shaqiri is set to make is Stoke City debut after missing last weekend's match with Spurs because of a suspension that carried over from his time in Serie A.

With Norwich City the opponent, Shaqiri could have a very productive debut for the Potters. You have to expect that he'll take more than his share of free kicks with a solid chance for goals, assists, and chances created. He should be started in draft and auction-style fantasy leagues and should be considered in salary cap leagues depending on his entry price.
Source: espnfc.com
Aug 21 - 12:18 PM

A good shift my Marko Arnautovic finally paid off late as goals by he and Mame Biram Diouf erased a 2-0 Spurs advantage and the two sides ended in a 2-2 draw.

Better late than never for the Potters. Spurs were looking in control, up 2-0 at the break, but Arnautovic showed flashes of form in the meantime, making his way back from a thigh injury that kept him out of Week 1 action. His play was rewarded, albeit questionably as a soft penalty was awarded for a tackle by Toby Alderweireld in the farthest corner of the area. Marko converted and the atmosphere shifted quickly. Five minutes later, Diouf would head home a Stephen Ieland cross to salvage the Potters first point of the season.
Source: NBC Sports
Aug 15 - 12:57 PM

Marc Wilson missed the Week 1 loss to Liverpool but should be ready to participate against Spurs at White Hart Lane on Saturday.

The versatile defender will still have to fight for a spot in the central defense with Philipp Wollscheid, Marc Muniesa, and Geoff Cameron all available as well. Given Mark Hughes' apparent goal of turning the Potters into Barcelona B, you'd think that Muniesa will start regularly so it may be Wilson, Wollscheid and Cameron competing for the other spot until Ryan Shawcross returns in late September or early October. Given the opponent, venue and uncertainty, Wilson is probably not a viable fantasy option.
Source: espnfc.com
Aug 14 - 10:52 AM

Marko Arnautovic missed Week 1 with a thigh issue but Mark Hughes has indicated that he should be available in some capacity on Saturday.

If he is healthy, Arnautovic is highly likely to feature for the Potters. The concern is that the statement from Mark Hughes was hardly definitive on that count. If you need to choose between Shaqiri and Arnautovic then it seems more likely that Arnautovic will be up to speed and ready to feature but with both players at least somewhat uncertain, it might be best to avoid both at White Hart Lane.
Source: espnfc.com
Aug 14 - 10:48 AM

New Stoke City signing Xherdan Shaqiri has declared that he is fit for action against Spurs in Week 2 but Mark Hughes will have to decide what part he plays.

The Potters will certainly be excited to see their shiny new toy on the field, especially with Bojan still unavailable as he recovers from his knee injury. Whether Shaqiri's declaration is bravado or a statement of his actual match-readiness will have to be seen. Given that the opposition is solid and his starting status isn't 100% guaranteed, fantasy managers may want to hold off for a week before throwing Shaqiri into line-ups where there is no bench to back him up automatically if he doesn't play. Even worse, he could come off the Stoke City bench and take up a starting eleven spot but only produce at the margins.
Source: espnfc.com
Aug 14 - 10:45 AM

Peter Odemwingie has been ruled out for at least the next two weeks after picking up a hamstring injury in training.

Mark Hughes confirmed during todays’ press-conference that Odemwingie - along with teammate Bojan Krkic - would not travel to White Hart Lane this weekend. Bojan is currently recovering from a ruptured ACL and will continue his rehab by gaining valuable game time for the under-21s. However there was better news regarding Marc Wilson and Marko Arnautovic who have trained after missing the opening day defeat to Liverpool due to respective ankle and thigh injuries. The pair should be available as long as neither suffer any adverse reaction while Erik Pieters is also back in contention having recovered from illness. Hughes will make a late decision on whether to involve Xherdan Shaqiri who signed from Inter Milan this week.
Aug 13 - 4:41 PM

After being on hand for Stoke City's 1-0 loss to Liverpool on Sunday, Xherdan Shaqiri has reportedly passed a medical and agreed to personal terms according to ESPNFC.

After a season-opening match where they looked decidedly short on attacking ideas, Stoke City have agreed to terms with the Swiss international. Stoke City have been linked with a variety of high profile midfielders in an attempt to replace what Victor Moses gave them when healthy last season. With Shaqiri arriving and Bojan close to being fit the Potters could be much more interesting soon. Shaqiri has been rumored to be signing at a number of different clubs this summer so we won't call this one final until we see the official announcement but it looks like a big move for the Potters. Now, about that replacement for Steven N'Zonzi.
Source: espnfc.com
Aug 10 - 12:54 PM

Stoke City had their home opener spoiled late in the day when an 86th minute Liverpool goal broke the stalemate and the Potters suffered a 0-1 loss.

It was a raucous crowd in front of the Potters today and it may have helped them be the stronger side of the first half. Charlie Adam had the best chance of the opening frame but sliced his shot wide. It was debutante Marco van Ginkel that looked the more inventive of the central midfielders though, as he made a few sharp key passes, but again, the Potters failed to get an end product. It looked more and more as time went on for the second half that Stoke would take the draw, because Liverpool were beginning to threaten with each passing minute. The dam finally broke in the 86th minute for them though, and they came away empty-handed. They can be encouraged that the defense doesn't look lost without Ryan Shawcross. Hopefully when it comes to the attack, Bojan is nearing fitness and can give them that extra edge that looked missing today.
Source: NBC Sports
Aug 9 - 1:14 PM


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