Player News - Stoke City

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Newly arrived right back Moritz Bauer might be thrown immediately into the deep end as Stoke City travel to Old Trafford without another healthy specialist right back.

The step up from the Russian first division to playing Manchester United at Old Trafford is a lot to ask of a player on his possible Premier League debut. That said, with Glen Johnson still out injured and Phil Bardsley, last season's deputy, plying his trade at Turf Moor, interim manager Eddie Niedzwiecki may not have much of a choice. Look for Jose Mourinho's side to try their best to exploit the newcomer down the left side of their attack until he proves he can handle the jump up in competition.
Source: espnfc.com
Jan 12 - 2:36 PM

Erik Pieters joins fellow Dutchman Bruno Martins Indi in returning from injury for Stoke City as they travel to Old Trafford to face Manchester United in Week 23 action.

Pieters return is crucial because the Potters really don't have strong deputies at either outside back positions. The newly arrived Moritz Bauer may start to answer that concern on the right flank of the defense but Pieters is really the only specialist left back with significant first team experience at the club. His return will shore up a significant weakness but still may not be enough to hold back even the current muted attack being offered up by Manchester United.
Source: espnfc.com
Jan 12 - 2:31 PM

After struggling mightily with defensive injuries, Stoke City are recovering at least somewhat with Bruno Martins Indi and Erik Pieters both available for Week 23 at Old Trafford.

How frustrating it must be to finally start getting defensive starters back only to see Manchester United pop up on the schedule. The Red Devils may not be firing on all cylinders but they are certainly formidable enough opposition to a club struggling as the Potters have been. With Martins Indi shaking off some rust look for the Red Devils to dominate and Stoke City to rebound more significantly in Week 24.
Source: espnfc.com
Jan 12 - 2:27 PM

Stoke City officially announced the dismissal of manager Mark Hughes following its loss in the FA Cup.

A 2-1 loss to League Two Coventry City on Saturday proved to be the final straw for the Stoke hierarchy with the club currently sitting third bottom on 20 points with just one win in its last eight Premier League games. Hughes leaves the Potters after four-and-a-half seasons and 200 matches in charge. "We would like to thank Mark for all he has achieved for the club over the last four and a half years, notably in guiding us to three successive ninth places finishes in the Premier League, and we wish him every success for the future," a club statement read. "The club will look to appoint a new manager as soon as possible and will be making no further comment at this time."
Source: The Guardian
Jan 7 - 2:40 AM

Stoke City is getting dangerously close to falling back into the relegation zone after a 1-0 loss to Newcastle.

It was a rainy and cold afternoon in Stoke, but the home-field advantage didn't work in the Potters' favor. The home side could only manage two shots on goal, ultimately succumbing to an Ayoze Perez goal in the 73rd minute. Just after, Mame Diouf looked set to put Stoke City even with his shot from inside the box but Karl Darlow made an impressive one-handed save to preserve the Magpies' lead. And in the 88th, Darlow made another save on Diouf as the forward headed a chance that looked destined for goal if it wasn't for Darlow's brilliance. Now, the pressure is on Mark Hughes after Stoke's fifth loss in the last seven Premier League matches.
Source: NBC Sports
Jan 1 - 12:14 PM

Mark Hughes will hope Erik Pieters is back lest he be forced to start second choice players across the entire defense against reigning champions Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

The Blues attack is to be feared under almost all circumstances. Playing at home against an already struggling side that could be without four or five first choice defenders makes the prospect of the Blues that much more terrifying. Erik Pieters could make a return from a hip problem but is no sure thing. That glimmer of hope separates him from Ryan Shawcross, Bruno Martins Indi, Kurt Zouma, and Glen Johnson who are all definitely out.
Source: espnfc.com
Fri, Dec 29, 2017 01:13:00 PM

Kurt Zouma is ineligible to face parent club Chelsea due to the terms of his loan deal which will further deplete the Potters central defense.

With Bruno Martins Indi a long-term absentee and Ryan Shawcross going off in mid-week with a calf injury, the absence of Zouma will be felt. Presumably Kevin Wimmer and Geoff Cameron will man starting jobs. Mark Hughes will then have to figure out how he wants to align his troops given sparse options. What has been a three-man center back group will likely revert to a two-man group. The challenge is made worse by Glen Johnson's continued absence and Erik Pieters' uncertainty. It could be a big day for the Blues' attack.
Source: espnfc.com
Fri, Dec 29, 2017 01:09:00 PM

Defensive problems are beginning to mount for the Potters after Ryan Shawcross limped off at West Brom on Boxing Day.

The Stoke skipper was replaced after half-an-hour due to a calf problem, and manager Mark Hughes fears the injury will rule him out for the remainder of the festive programme. "We think it’s a strain," he explained. "It might be that he’s got a kick on it and got a spasm, but that’s the best-case scenario if we are being honest. The reality, he’s done some damage and will be unavailable." His injury coincides with the loss of Kurt Zouma for the trip to Stamford Bridge who is unable to line-up against his parent club due to the terms of the loan agreement. With Bruno Martin Indi sidelined until mid-January, US international Geoff Cameron is likely to provide cover while Hughes is hopeful that Eric Pieters can recover from a hip injury in time to face Chelsea. "We might be able to get [him] back, but that would be touch and go."
Tue, Dec 26, 2017 05:13:00 PM

Ramadan Sohbi's second-half equalizer earned Stoke City a 1-1 away draw at Huddersfield Town on Boxing Day.

Mark Hughes' side have now take four points from their last two matches after coming behind in an entertaining clash at the John Smith's Stadium. Tom Ince gave the Terriers a lead after 10 minutes when scored from close range, while Jonas Lossl denied Eric Maxim-Choupo-Moting's stunning overhead kick 17 minutes later. The home side were the better after the break, but Sohbi popped up to level the scores when tapped home at the far post. Brought on a first-half substitute for the injured Ryan Shawcross, Sohbi's goal was his second in four days following his strike in last week's 3-1 win over West Brom. The result sees the Potters move up to 13th, three point above the drop zone.
Source: NBC Sports
Tue, Dec 26, 2017 12:48:00 PM

Stoke City will look to make it two in a row on Boxing Day at Huddersfield Town but will likely have to do it without right back Erik Pieters.

Stoke City overcame defensive absences to win at home against struggling West Brom on Saturday. The task gets tougher with a trip to Huddersfield Town on Boxing Day. The Terriers are.just outside the top half and their guests will be missing Glern Johnson, Bruno Martins Indi and likely Erik Pieters. If you have to make a choice on Pieters' participation for fantasy purposes then it's probably best to assume that he'll miss out again.
Source: Espnfc.com
Sun, Dec 24, 2017 11:24:00 AM

Joe Allen contributed a goal and an assist and Mark Hughes is breathing a massive sigh of relief after the Potters beat West Brom 3-1 at the Bet365 Stadium on Saturday.

The Potters have been struggling mightily with only five points from their last eight matches coming into the clash with equally dire West Brom. The Potters came into the match facing a defensive crisis with Bruno Martins Indi and both outside backs, Erik Pieters and Glen Johnson, out injured. It looked like there was a risk of another loss to a bottom half opponent before Joe Allen turned back the clock to early last season with a 19th minute goal and then an assist for Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting's goal which ended up being the winner. Ramadan Sobhi scored an insurance goal late in stoppage time.
Source: espnfc.com
Sat, Dec 23, 2017 01:34:00 PM

Erik Pieters could add to Mark Hughes' woes as he has been ruled questionable for the visit of West Bromwich Albion and Alan Pardew.

If Pieters doesn't make the late fitness test then it could be a full defense missing with Kurt Zouma, Bruno Martins Indi and Glen Johnson also either out or doubtful to participate. Expect Albion to have a stronger than usual attacking presence with the Potters weakened across the defense.
Source: espnfc.com
Fri, Dec 22, 2017 02:42:00 PM

Kurt Zouma could be missing again for struggling Stoke City as the Potters host West Brom at the Bet365 Stadium.

Zouma went off injured in Week 17 and missed last weekend's match against West Ham as the Potters continued to struggle with defensive injuries. Ryan Shawcross, Geoff Cameron, and Kevin Wimmer will likely start with Bruno Martins Indi also out but that same group were less than stellar against the Hammers last time out. Look for the Potters to continue to struggle and questions about Mark Hughes' future to continue as well.
Source: espnfc.com
Fri, Dec 22, 2017 02:31:00 PM

Kurt Zouma went off in mid-week with a hamstring injury and will now miss Stoke City's Week 18 trip to West Ham while he recovers.

Zouma will join Bruno Martins Indi and Glen Johnson on the sidelines as Stoke City suffer through yet another defensive injury crisis this season. Kevin Wimmer is likely to join Ryan Shawcross and Geoff Cameron in a three-man center back group with Zouma out. Stoke City have slipped from their perch as a rugged defensive side over the past few years and being short-handed will certainly not help. West Ham, on the other hand, seem to be rebounding under David Moyes which will make this a difficult trip for the Potters.
Source: espnfc.com
Fri, Dec 15, 2017 01:47:00 PM

Defensive problems are beginning to mount for Stoke City with Kurt Zouma set for a spell on the sidelines.

The on-loan Chelsea defender has started all but one Premier League game for the Potters since arriving in the summer, but a suspected hamstring injury threatens to sideline him over over Christmas. Already without Bruno Martins Indi until late January, Mark Hughes will now look to partner Kevin Wimmer with captain Ryan Shawcross over the busy festive period if tests confirm a muscular tear or strain. The Stoke manager is under increasing pressure following a poor run of results, and Hughes felt the loss of Zouma was indicative of his sides current bad luck. "It's hard to take, Burnley didn't deserve to win, clearly. I'm pleased with what we produced tonight," he said. "We felt the loss of Kurt Zouma. If we'd have kept Ryan and Kurt they'd have dealt with that situation."
Thu, Dec 14, 2017 06:00:00 AM



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