Stoke City’s midfielder Stephen Ireland might be sidelined for up to 9 months after having broken his leg in training.
It is thought that the incident happened while Stoke City were training ahead of the final game of the season.
The announcement came on the Stoke’s Twitter profile where the club confirmed that Ireland will be out of action for quite some time. Stoke wish him all the best for his recovery and hope that he will be back to action as soon as possible.
The midfielder joined Stoke after previous stints with Manchester City and Aston Villa and is under contract since 2017.
So far he has made 16 appearances for Stoke and has established himself as a valuable member of the team. He will be hoping that he could come back stronger next season and help his team.
Stephen Ireland has had a turbulent career so far. He first came in the Premier League when he played for Manchester City. He managed to make 176 appearances for the club and scored 23 goals for them during this period. However, his career will be marred by several injuries and with the arrival of players such as Nigel de Jong and Patrick Viera, he will find it hard to get playing time.
He will then be transferred to Aston Villa where he will remain for 3 seasons. He will manage to make 57 appearances for them and score one goal during the process. Again his career will be hindered by injuries and by the end of the 2012-2013 season he was training with the reserves.
Afterward, he then moved to Stoke City where he has managed 65 appearances so far and scored 6 goals for them. He will be hoping that he can add more goals to his tally after his returned from injury.