The presence of Stephen Ireland was unable to prevent Stoke City from suffering a fourth consecutive loss in the league.
The Irish attacking midfielder of Stoke City, Stephen Ireland has completed his recovery from the rib injury that he sustained at the beginning of the season which forced the player on only being able to make 1 Premier League appearance for Stoke City out of the 6 League matches which have been played so far.
Stephen Ireland made a total of 25 appearances in the last season for his club as he was an important for Stoke City and Mark Hughes is hoping that now that he is recovered, his return to the squad can ignite the season of Stoke.
Stephen Ireland has said that his stint at his previous club Aston Villa was nightmarish.
Ireland left Villa to join Stoke in January this year. He just made 47 top tier appearances for the Lions scoring a solitary goal which came against Chelsea in the 2011-12 Season.
Before signing for Stoke permanently, Ireland had spent a few months there on loan.
Stoke City boss Mark Hughes has revealed that he is still not happy with his squad and wants to sign a couple of players before the end of the transfer window. Stoke have been one of the two clubs so far in this summer transfer window after signing the likes of Steve Sidwell and Phil Bardsley on free transfers. Hughes has been trying to work within the budget. Since players like Sidwell have come on a free transfer, he will be having funds to spend before the end of the summer transfer window.
The manager of the Republic of Ireland football team, Martin O’Neill, has said that if Stephen Ireland wants to bring himself back into consideration for a place in the national squad, he will have to get in touch with him at some point of time next month.
O’Neill is not at all impressed with the fact that Ireland is not responding to the phone calls made to him.
Stephen Ireland is a constant starter in Stoke City but despite this, he was not featured in the provisional squad and list of players that was created by Martin O’Neil which includes all of the performers which will play for Ireland in their upcoming friendly matches.
In the next few weeks and month Ireland has to lock horns with Turkey, Italy, Costa Rica and Portugal all of which are friendly matches that are going to take place before the start of the 2014 World Cup.
Stoke city midfielder Stephen Ireland has said that his club are now capable of finishing above Newcastle United in the table after Mark Hughes’ men managed a 1-0 win over Alan Pardew’s team during the weekend. Ireland has been suffering from a couple of injuries in recent weeks. This prevented him from being part of the squad that took on Chelsea and lost 3-0 at Stamford Bridge in the previous weekend. His return to the team proved to be the difference after he contributed immensely and helped Stoke win 1-0
Stoke City’s Stephen Ireland was unable to play against his former club Aston Villa due to a clause in his contract which prohibits the midfielder from playing against the club which he used to play for and Mark Hughes expressed his disappointment for not being able to use Ireland in the match.
Mark Hughes Sky Sports News: “Aston Villa stipulated that they weren’t going to allow the loan deal to be changed unless it was in the contract that Stephen couldn’t play against them’’.
Stephen Ireland is waiting still for a phone call, from Martin O’Neill. The soccer star has stated that he hasn’t been contacted by any of the new managers of Republic of Ireland, be it Roy Keane or O’Neill.
However, Stephen has confirmed that he isn’t sitting all day by his phone for the call since it’s Stoke City that remains the 1st priority for the star footballer.
The young footballer is of the belief that Keane and O’Neill are waiting to find how his squad career looks as the playmaker strives for the contract post the season termination.
Stoke City have completed the permanent signing of midfielder Stefan Ireland, who has been on loan at the club since the start of the season. Ireland had fallen out of favour with Villa boss Paul Lambert, which led to his loan move to Stoke.
He has always enjoyed a great relationship with Stoke boss Mark Hughes even from his days at Manchester City. This has led to Ireland enjoying football after a long time. Stoke also have been able to take advantage of a very creative midfielder, who has not been playing regularly in the last few years.