Player News - Stoke City

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Peter Crouch's status for Boxing Day is up in the air due to a neck injury he picked up in the second half of the Potters' Week 17 loss to Chelsea.

With Everton coming off a drubbing at the hands of Southampton and generally looking less than impressive this season, Crouch will be wanting to do everything possible to get back for Stoke City's Boxing Day match at Goodison Park. Given the extra day between team news coming out and the actual matches being played there will inevitably be more uncertainty than usual. Fantasy managers should be cautious in situations like this where a player's status is uncertain.
Source: espnfc.com
Dec 24 - 10:10 AM

Stoke's best summer signing looks like he will shake off the hip injury that caused him to be withdrawn early from the 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace.

Bojan trained all week according to reports and should continue to be a guaranteed starter. With Chelsea the opposition, there is a reasonable case for rotating Bojan out of your personal fantasy line-up regardless of his health.
Source: espnfc.com
Dec 19 - 12:02 PM

Stephen Ireland is expected to recover from a "bang on the knee" in time to face Chelsea at the Britannia Stadium on Monday night.

Mark Hughes will need to check on a number of first team players ahead of game week 17 as Stoke head into the Festive period hoping to secure the points their recent performances have deserved. Bojan Krkic [hip] has returned to training while Glenn Whelan [hamstring] was back ahead of schedule last weekend - Victor Moses [thigh] is targeting early January. Robert Huth and Marc Wilson are both fit again and vying for a place in the heart of defence while Jon Walters has been in excellent form recently although with an ongoing knee issue the Irish international will need to be checked throughout this busy fixture period.
Dec 18 - 2:24 PM

American international Geoff Cameron put up big phantom numbers in Stoke City's 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace in Week 16.

With competition for places in the USA defense intensifying, Cameron's solid effort couldn't have come at a better time. Jurgen Klinsmann isn't likely tracking fantasy statistics but he will still like what he saw as the former Houston Dynamo player intercepted five passes, blocked two shots, and won two tackles as the Potters nicked a point on the road at Selhurst Park.
Source: Yahoo.com
Dec 17 - 3:19 PM

Bojan had been on fire for close to a month leading up to the Crystal Palace match but a relatively quiet display culminating in a hip injury may slow his progress.

Although it won't show up in any stat sheet or fantasy point tally, Bojan did make a significant contribution to Peter Crouch's goal against Crystal Palace on Saturday. It was the former Barca man's attacking drive that eventually found it's way to Peter Crouch after Jon Walters muffed the shot that Bojan teed up for him. Early in the second half Bojan had to be substituted with a hip injury. His status for Week 17 remains up in the air.
Source: Yahoo.com
Dec 17 - 3:11 PM

Mark Hughes is expecting ex-Barcelona striker Bojan Krkic to be available for Monday nights’ game against Chelsea at the Britannia after the attacker was replaced during the bore-draw at Selhurst Park because of a hip injury.

Further tests have revealed the injury is not serious – impact – and despite being very painful it should subside over the next few days. Bojans' arrival at Stoke has been a bit of a slow burner following the fanfare of his signing but since his foray back into the first team in November the former Spanish under-21 has arguably been their best player. His return has coincided with an upturn in form for Stoke although results may not necessarily reflect this having been edged out at both Old Trafford and Anfield but Hughes did enjoy a win over Arsenal with Jon Walters and Peter Crouch both making major contributions.
Source: Goal.com
Dec 17 - 8:27 AM

The toothless attacking forces of Crystal Palace and Stoke canceled each other out in an uninspiring 1-1 draw on Saturday.

James McArthur headed his first goal in 15 games to give Palace the lead after 11 minutes, but Stoke striker Peter Crouch equalized inside two minutes, tapping in Jon Walter's deflected shot.
Source: NBC Sports
Dec 13 - 1:03 PM

Marc Wilson missed the match against Arsenal in Week 15 but should be ready to go again for Stoke City's Week 16 match at Selhurst Park.

Wilson has started consistently when healthy this season and it appears that he will be healthy again this week. The only question is where he stands now that Robert Huth is also healthy for the first time this season. Mark Hughes finds himself with solid depth in central defense that is unusual for a mid-table club with Ryan Shawcross, Huth, Wilson, Geoff Cameron, and Marc Muniesa all able to play centrally. Shawcross will certainly be starting but who partners him given all of the options remains to be seen.
Source: ESPNFC.com
Dec 12 - 11:39 AM

Marc Muniesa injured his hamstring in the Potters' Week 15 victory over Arsenal and is unlikely to be ready to return to the starting line-up for Week 16 against Crystal Palace.

Just whether Muniesa should be considered a starter when healthy at this point or not isn't exactly clear. The Stoke City defense has been a bit of a moving target due to injuries and illness in recent weeks. What is known is that the Spaniard has been effective when called upon and certainly hasn't looked out of place when he has started. With Marc Wilson and Robert Huth both fit again, it seems likely that Muniesa won't be risked until he is definitely ready to go.
Source: ESPNFC.com
Dec 12 - 11:35 AM

Bojan was the star of the match against Arsenal on Saturday with a goal, assist and a disallowed goal.

The former Barcelona trainee has been finding his form over the past six weeks. It started with solid phantom point contributions and a nice early-November goal against Spurs. It culminated with a master class against Arsenal that saw him contribute a goal and an assist that both counted along with a goal that was disallowed for no obvious reason. If he can continue this form Stoke City will have found themselves a valuable asset to either keep or sell on at a tidy profit.
Source: Yahoo.com
Dec 10 - 2:38 PM

Jon Walters combined with Bojan to rip Arsenal apart in the first half to continue an excellent season especially coming as a 31-year-old.

Jon Walters has never been considered much more than a spare part on a mid-table team but this season he has risen above that reputation on a regular basis. Despite not being a regular starter he has contributed four goals and two assists in Premier League play. The likely highlight of the season came on Saturday as he collected a goal and an assist as Stoke City dominated Arsenal for about 60 minutes and held on to win 3-2.
Source: Yahoo.com
Dec 10 - 2:28 PM

Stoke City were exemplary during the first half at the Britannia Stadium on Saturday - a performance which blew visitors Arsenal away – and one which signalled intent from the opening 20 seconds.

Peter Crouch scored the quickest goal of the season as Stoke outplayed, outfought and out-gunned a depleted Arsenal side. Prior to the game few would’ve imagined such a comprehensive performance with Glenn Whelan, Steve Sidwell, Victor Moses, Marko Arnautovic and Marc Wilson all missing but with Bojan in scintillating form the Potters swept past their Premier League counterparts in style. However following a controversial disallowed goal midway through the second half Arsenal were able to raise their game coming within a whisker of a point despite the sending-off of Calum Chambers – two yellow cards – although overall you couldn’t disagree that the home side deserved the three points. The injury to Marc Muniesa [hamstring] was the only blemish on an otherwise great day.
Source: The Sentinel
Dec 7 - 3:48 PM

Bojan was the best player on the field as Stoke City beat Arsenal 3-2.

He scored a goal, created another and had a third disallowed as Stoke dominated Arsenal early and held on to win 3-2.
Dec 6 - 12:32 PM

Stoke City may be without their leading goal-scorer against Arsenal as Jon Walters faces a fitness check ahead of the Week 15 match-up at the Britannia.

Facing Arsenal is never an easy challenge but Stoke City look likely to make it even more difficult as they could be without Jon Walters, Robert Huth, Glenn Whelan, Stephen Ireland, Steve Sidwell, Victor Moses, and Peter Odemwingie. Having a thin squad isn't what you want when you're facing off against one of the league's heavyweights.
Dec 5 - 12:09 PM

Robert Huth has been something of a forgotten man at Stoke City due to injuries but he is getting closer and faces a fitness check ahead of the Potters' Week 15 match with Arsenal.

Even given Stoke City's other injury woes, it seems unlikely that Mark Hughes would throw the German defender back into the deep end by starting him against Arsenal. It is more likely that he will be given another week to recover before being considered for the Potters' Week 16 match.
Source: ESPNFC.com
Dec 5 - 12:07 PM



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