Player News - Stoke City

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Kostas Stafylidis has been a solid option at left back for Stoke City since his arrival in January but Erik Pieters will certainly start in Week 35 with the Greek defender out with broken ribs.

It is a shame that Stoke City came so late to the party of finding solid outside backs for their squad. In August, it could have contributed to a middle of the table season at the Bet365 Stadium. In January, it seems like a little to little a little too late with Moritz Bauer and Kostas Stafylidis. Too many matches were played with makeshift options across the defense as injuries decimated the presumed starters. Look for Stafylidis and Bauer to get other Premier League jobs next season should the Potters indeed be relegated at the end of this season.
Source: espn.com
Apr 20 - 4:56 PM

With Moritz Bauer having taken Johnson's starting spot under Paul Lambert, it seems unlikely that Johnson's return to training will have a significant impact on the manager's thinking for this weekend.

Moritz Bauer has been a nice find since coming to the Premier League in January. He hasn't been a revelation but he's been a healthy, capable right back which is something that the Potters have lacked since Glen Johnson's arrival as the presumptive starter. Johnson has struggled to stay healthy and has forced makeshift answers including Geoff Cameron and Mame Biram Diouf neither of whom has played much right back heretofore in their careers. Look for Johnson to play no more than a role on the bench this weekend if he is healthy enough for that as Bauer continues his run of starts.
Source: espn.com
Apr 20 - 4:52 PM

With the Potters and Paul Lambert fighting for their Premier League survival, Charlie Adam returns from suspension to help aid the fight.

Let's face it, at this point in his career Charlie Adam is more last ditch hope than he is integral part of a winning Premier League starting eleven. That said, with relegation looming as a more and more likely possibility, Paul Lambert will be happy to have Adam and his knack for scoring the odd spectacular goal available off the bench but it seems unlikely that Adam will start with Burnley coming to the Bet365 Stadium in Week 35.
Source: espn.com
Apr 20 - 4:47 PM

Stoke City were denied a vital victory by West Ham's late equalizer as the clubs drew 1-1 at London Stadium on Monday.

The draw was a cruel blow for Paul Lambert's side as they now sit five points adrift from safety with four matches remaining. Goalkeeper Jack Butland did well to keep the visitors in the match, making an excellent point-blank save to deny former Stoke man Marko Arnautovic late in the first-half. In the second-half, it was one-way traffic as West Ham were twice denied goals for offside. But the Potters responded through substitute Crouch, who stabbed home after a mistake by Joe Hart 12 minutes from time. While Crouch's goal crowned him Stoke's all-time Premier League goalscorer, Hammers striker Andy Carroll came off the bench and netted a stunning equalizer beyond Butland in the 90th-minute.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 16 - 6:35 PM

Stoke City remain mired in the relegation zone after coming away empty at home in a 1-2 loss to Tottenham.

It was a tough start for Mame Biram Diouf in this one. The first big chance for either side fell in his lap in the 12th minute, when he was teed up from six yards out by a nice low cross from Erik Pieters, but Diouf launched it into the stands. He would get some redemption in the second half. Minutes after Tottenham grabbed the opening goal, the industrious Xherdan Shaqiri was at it again, sending a perfect through ball to the foot of the sprinting Diouf. Hugo Lloris came out to clear but the result was a collision and Diouf may have been concussed but he managed to keep his wits and tuck home the loose ball. Spurs canceled the strike out minutes later though and the day was summed up late when a Shaqiri free kick caromed off the corner of the woodwork. All clubs between 13th and 17th position in the table came away with at least a point on Saturday, making this result for Stoke really hurt.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 7 - 8:15 PM

Stoke City looked poised to grab a positive result in a tough fixture, but they would cough up three goals in the final quarter hour to get disposed of by Arsenal in a 3-0 loss.

Paul Lambert rang in several changes from last weekend, and an upset looked in the cards in the first half as Arsenal looked a step behind. Just four minutes in, Xherdan Shaqiri nearly curled in a beauty, but it drifted just wide. Stoke may have been lulled into a false sense of security, as it looked like Arsenal were not in the mood to strike first now twenty minutes deep into the second half. Shaqiri once again nearly scored, this time hitting the woodwork from a corner. But the opportunities missed would soon burn the visitors. Bruno Martins Indi was somewhat unlucky in committing a foul that awarded Arsenal a spot kick and the Gunners never looked back, putting three past Jack Butland, who had looked solid until the wheels came off.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 1 - 10:41 AM

Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting will miss out at Arsenal on Sunday due to injury.

The Stoke City winger was introduced as a 72nd minute substitute last time out, a cameo which saw him briefly restore parity with his first goal since December. However, his introduction was short-lived, because in doing so, Choupo-Moting injured himself, suffering a groin strain while stretching to tap home Joe Allen’s pinpoint cross. Manager Paul Lambert admitted the injury was a "nasty one" and that it could be "another few weeks" before he returns to action. Ramadan Sobhi is likely to retain his place following 79 minutes for Egypt on Tuesday night. Mame Diouf should be back in contention having played for Senegal but Charlie Adam is ruled out for the next three matches after his lunge on Wayne Rooney earned him a straight red card. Geoff Cameron [hamstring] faces a late fitness test while Lee Grant [wrist] and Stephen Ireland [calf] are expected to remain on the sidelines.
Mar 28 - 10:58 AM

After another defeat, a 2-1 loss at home to Everton, Stoke City is running out of time to fight off relegation.

Amid a massive snowstorm that hit the Bet365 Stadium, the Potters didn't do themselves any favors by playing much of the match with 10 men after veteran midfielder Charlie Adam was given a straight red card in the 30th minute for a high, late challenge on Wayne Rooney. Yet down a man and 1-0 late in the second half, Eric Choupo-Moting gave the home side some hope with an equalizer. Just five minutes after coming into the game, the winger latched onto a sublime Joe Allen pass to knot the score at 1-1, but left immediately afterward because of injury. But it wasn't enough as Cenk Tosun scored his second of the game for Everton for the win.
Source: NBC Sports
Mar 17 - 1:03 PM

Xherdan Shaqiri is a doubt for GW31 due to the calf injury he suffered on Monday night when Stoke were beaten by champions-elect Manchester City.

The Potters are one of only eight Premier League sides scheduled to play this weekend due to the FA Cup quarter-finals. The reduced slate made Shaqiri one the go-to players but news in the build-up to the Everton clash have cast doubt over his availability after Switzerland confirmed the player has been withdrawn from their upcoming international friendlies. However, images released via the club's website show Shaqiri training with the group, and barring a setback, there is an expectation that he will be included in the matchday squad. Stoke have dropped into the bottom three and will see this game as a must win with Arsenal, Tottenham and Liverpool still to come. Speaking during Thursdays press-conference, manager Paul Lambert said: "There are a few decisions to be made before kick-off and there are a few areas of the pitch that we may need to shake things up in a little bit."
Mar 17 - 7:48 AM

Mame Biram Diouf could recover from a shoulder injury in time to participate against Everton in Week 31 at the Bet365 Stadium.

Stoke City need all hands on deck to avoid relegation so having Diouf available again will be a nice boost for Paul Lambert. Diouf has morphed from a forward in past seasons to something of a utility player. As the Potters have gotten healthier and had new outside backs assert themselves after January arrivals, Diouf has largely played a secondary role. He is still a valuable reserve but even if fully healthy the expectation should be that he's more likely to be on the bench than in the eleven to start the match.
Source: espn.com
Mar 16 - 3:27 PM

Mame Biram Diouf will miss the visit of Manchester City due to the lingering effects of the shoulder injury he suffered last weekend.

Stoke City are going to struggle to contain Manchester City on Monday regardless of which of their players are healthy. Everyone in the Premier League has suffered a similar fate. Diouf has been an on-again-off-again starter this season and has featured at multiple positions. While he has been a valuable utility player, his absence isn't likely to change the outcome or even the scale of the beating that the Potters are likely to receive. Expect Stafylidis to start at right back and Shaqiri to start in a wide attacking role.
Source: espn.com
Mar 9 - 3:42 PM

Stoke are assessing the extent of the shoulder injury sustained by Mame Diouf during the goalless draw at Southampton on Saturday.

The 30-year-old had been involved in an ongoing battle with Wesley Hoedt when an aerial challenge left the Stoke striker holding his left arm. That followed what appeared to be a stamp by Diouf – which was missed by referee Anthony Taylor – on the Saints defender during the opening exchanges. "We’ll have a close look at Mame and see how he feels," manager Paul Lambert revealed. "He was clearly in a lot of pain; it looked as though he dislocated his shoulder but the medical staff popped it back in. Losing him was a real blow because I think he had started the game really well and there’s no doubt that he gives us genuine pace." Conservative treatment would ensure return within a matter of weeks, however, if Diouf requires surgery, then the injury is likely to bring a premature end to his season.
Mar 4 - 5:03 PM

Peter Crouch will be available for Paul Lambert at St. Mary's on Saturday after missing two weeks with an ankle injury.

The lanky former England international is back for the Potters for their crucial trip to the south coast on Saturday. With both clubs languishing in the bottom five and separated by only a point Paul Lambert will be thrilled to have a potential difference-maker like Crouch available again. That Crouch is still so important to Stoke City hopes is a problem for the summer but, for now, he is likely to start assuming solid fitness and you wouldn't bet against him scoring in what is likely to be a match light on chances.
Source: espn.com
Mar 2 - 12:18 PM

Ryan Shawcross is back in the Stoke City squad for the trip to Southampton for Week 29 in the Premier League.

Injuries, especially in defense, have been a season-long story for Stoke City so Paul Lambert will be happy to be getting his captain back after a couple of weeks out with an ankle injury. Shawcross, whether due to differing systems or the impact of crossing the 30-year-old threshold, seems to have slipped over the past season or two. Whether injuries are the cause or the result of the situation isn't clear but having Shawcross at whatever his current best is will be a boost for Lambert as he looks to pull the Potters out of the relegation zone.
Source: espn.com
Mar 2 - 12:15 PM

Stoke City, who are mired in the relegation zone, let go of a potential road win after Jack Butland's own goal lead to a 1-1 draw with Leicester City.

The Potters came into the weekend with the league's worst record on the road, so even though a result at Leicester can be looked as a positive, two huge additional points fell through their hands. The first half offered little until near the break, when Joe Allen dispossessed the ball in midfield and quickly fed Xherdan Shaqiri, who sprinted into the area before slotting a low strike into the corner. Shaqiri now has goals in three straight. The Leicester crowd were not their usual selves and it felt like the Potters might see the game out, but a cross in the 70th minute that Jack Butland should have handled rather easily instead was directed straight into the net. To his credit, he made a couple of quality saves down the stretch to keep the match level, but he will definitely be upset with the game's most critical moment.
Source: NBC Sports
Feb 24 - 9:30 AM



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