Stoke City's manager Mark Hughes

Stoke face injury crisis ahead of Southampton clash

Defensive crisis

Stoke manager Mark Hughes will have to tinker with his side in order to field eleven players in Saturday’s Premier League clash against Southampton.

The Potters could be without as many as seven first-team players, four of whom are defenders.

Geoff Cameron and summer signing Kevin Wimmer are doubts with thigh injuries, while Bruno Martins Indi and captain Ryan Shawcross are almost certain to miss the game with groin and back problems respectively.

Stoke have won just one league fixture this season, although it did come against Arsenal. Southampton head into the game three points above Stoke and a win could propel them into the top half of the table.

 

One return

Fortunately for Hughes, Chelsea loanee Kurt Zouma will return to the side. Zouma missed out in last weekend’s 4-0 defeat to Chelsea at the bet365 as he was ineligible to face his parent club.

 

In addition, Stephen Ireland is a long-term absentee. Back-up goalkeeper Jakob Haugaard and 19-year-old forward Julien Ngoy are also expected to miss out.

In stark contract, Southampton are likely to just have one injury absentee on Saturday. Full-back Matt Targett is ruled out with an ankle injury.

Peter Crouch could face his former side. The 6ft7 striker spent one season with the Saints in the early 2000’s, scoring 12 Premier League goals.


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