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Stoke City have been dealt a major blow after it has been revealed that the front of Robert Huth will miss the rest of the season after undergoing a knee operation. This is the second time he has had to go under the knife after being troubled by this knee injury for the last three months. Huth has been a crucial player for Stoke over the last few years. He has formed an impeccable partnership with Ryan Shawcross at the back. However, the club’s hopes of finishing the season strongly has taken a major blow with this revelation by manager Mark Hughes.
It was only a few days ago that chairman Peter Coates said that Huth was in danger of missing the rest of the campaign. Stoke will now be concentrating on finishing in the top half of the table without the presence of Huth. The club are 11th in the table and the threat of relegation has not completely gone beyond them. A couple of points from the next few matches could certainly end in a relegation fears since the club has 34 points with only nine matches remaining.
Huth has not played for the club since November. He has been one of the best players since joining for £ 5 million from Middlesbrough a few years ago.
“Unfortunately, Robert had an operation last night and obviously he’s going to miss the end of the season. We’ve tried to get him back and he’s been close on a number of occasions, but the knee has been reacting adversely. Every time we tried to push him to the next level there was a reaction. We took him to the surgeon and he recommended Robert had another operation just to get a real understanding of what is going on in the knee,” said Hughes.
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The German defender of Stoke City, Robert Huth went through a surgery on his knee in November and he was expected to be fit and ready to play with the main squad around this time but his recovery has encountered a setback in training and according to the medical staff of the club, Huth may need another operation which would throw into doubt his availability for the rest of the season.
Some weeks ago Stoke City managed to secure 3 crucial points when they went head to head with Manchester United and a rather surprising final result saw Stocke City coming out as the victorious side.
Robert Huth has already been absent for more than 12 matches for Stoke City and his absence can be felt not only by his teammates but by the opponents they face as they are one of the clubs in the Premier League that has conceded more goals in the entire campaign.
Stoke City has a number of tough matches ahead of them with Manchester City, Arsenal and Norwich City scheduled to be played in the next few weeks and the absence of Robert Huth is very likely to see the team of Mark Hughes conceding more goals.
Mark Hughes and his men are currently located at the bottom spots of the Premier League and even though they are a few points away from the relegation zone, a few more negative results can very well see them falling even further behind in the tables.
The head coach of Stoke City, Mark Hughes said: ‘’we have had matches against Crystal Palace, Sunderland and Swansea, yet we’ve scored just one goal and accumulated a solitary point. It seemed we were about to leave our relegation worries behind us after home wins against Chelsea and Aston Villa and draws with Cardiff and Hull in early December’’.
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Stoke City have been considering a lot of goals in recent matches and this has been attributed to the lack of defender Robert Huth in the defence. The former Chelsea defender has formed a great partnership with Ryan Shawcross, but he has been out for the last few matches with a knee injury. Manager Mark Hughes has revealed that the player has finally returned to training and will be available for selection in the next couple of matches. The club take on Liverpool at the Britannia stadium during the weekend, but this game may come a little too soon for the German international.
Stoke will be looking to get another high-profile scalp just a few weeks after they defeated Chelsea 3-2 at this stadium. Even though they have struggled to keep tight defences against the bottom teams, Stoke have been doing well against the top teams since the arrival of Hughes. The former Manchester City and Fulham manager has also confirmed that the club are close to coming to terms with Aston Villa for the transfer of Ireland on a permanent basis. The Aston Villa midfielder is on loan deal till the end of the season, but he is also out of contract in the summer.
Hughes is also targeting a couple of signings upfront in order to strength the team. “We have got Kenwyne Jones and Peter Crouch and we think we need more options up front to make sure we are covered until the end of the season. We’ve had converstations with Aston Villa and we would like to think that would be concluded. We are pleased if it does come off and we have no reason to think it won’t,” said Hughes.
The club are 13th in the table, but they are not far off from getting into the top half.
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Stoke City will have to cope with the absence of Robert Huth for a couple of weeks as the German defender is going to undergo a knee surgery after having to be taken off during the match against Sunderland as they played last week at the Britannia Stadium.
The tactician of Stoke City Mark Huges confirmed the injury as he said during a press conference:
“We hoped that we would be able to manage him through it. But it looks like he will have to have an operation on it, so we are going to lose him for a number of weeks.” Hopefully he will be able to find what is wrong and sort it.
“It could be three weeks, or longer depending what the surgeon finds. Robert has an issue with the cartilage and possibly with the ligaments.”
Marko Arnautovic and Andy Wilkinson are other important players that are suffering from injuries and will have to maintain themselves away from the pitch on a couple of Stoke City’s matches. Andy Wilkinson however has been struggling with his knee problem as he has only been able to play 2 matches in this season for his team.
Marc Wilson, Stephen Ireland and Kenwyne Jones all are players at the disposal of Mark Hughes as they were left out during Stoke City’s match against Sunderland but are now back for the selection of the coach which is a big boost not only for Hughes but also for the team after receiving so many blows with some of their key players getting injured recently.
Huth has made 15 appearances in all competitions for Stoke so far this season which is a sign of just how important he is for the club.