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Hughes Expects Huth Recovery For Preseason

The German defender Robert Huth was not able to play for Stoke City during the 2nd half of the previous season after picking up a knee injury which forced him to remain out of the playing grounds for a substantially long period of time.

The manager of Stoke City, Mark Hughes is expecting Huth to be fully recovered and train with his teammates during the pre-season schedule of the club which begins in the next few days and it’s going to be a great way for the German defender to get fit before the start of the upcoming Premier League season in August.

Hughes told reporters: “I’ve seen Robert this week and he looks in great, as you’d expect. He’s been in all summer, working hard and looking forward to beginning pre-season. The hope is that he will start on the same day as everyone else’’.

“He’s gone through all the stages. We were trying to get him back during the season and you’re talking about Premier League matches and getting him up to speed for those. We are in a position now where we still have five or six weeks before the games start and he’s in a good place at the moment to come back in the group. He’ll be playing big-sided games and we’re hoping to get back up to his top level pretty quickly.”

Ever since Robert Huth was signed by Stoke City in 2009 he has managed to cement his place in the English club as well as making over 140 appearances and Huth is hoping that he can retain his spot in the team when he is fully recovered although he is going to have fight for his spot along with Marc Wilson and Ryan Shawcross who also perform at the heart of the defence of Stoke City.

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Huth Approaching Another Injury

Throughout his entire career Robert Huth has been struggling with his consistent series of injuries which has forced him on undergoing scans and surgeries and leaving the German defender out of action for a noticeably long span of time.

Back when Huth was a Middlesbrough player in 2006, he had to settle with a place on the sidelines of the team due to ankle injuries the German performer endured surgeries that obliged him on being left out of a series of matches for more than 4 months and things have not changed much with Stoke City.

Due to all of the injuries he sustained as a player of Stoke City during the previous season, Huth only managed on making 12 league appearances and now he is making his way back from yet another injury but according to the head coach of the club, Mark Hughes suggested the German defender to not rush his recovery.

“You know Huthy, trying to keep tight reins on him is the big problem. He’s doing everything asked of him, and probably more. He’s in a better place than he was because he was really frustrated with the injury earlier on when it wasn’t resolving itself. You know that with Robert that the work ethic is good and he will do everything within his power to get back as soon as possible.” Hughes stated.

Ever since Huth made his move to Stoke City and played his debut season with the club at the Britannia Stadium he has been a consistent and influential making more than 30 appearances in every single season except for the previous campaign which concluded a few weeks ago.

Mark Hughes is hoping that Huth completes his recovery and gets fit to work and play alongside his teammates of Stoke City as the squad has a pre-season schedule which needs to be fulfilled.

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STRUGGLING FOR FORM

Robert Huth’s season has seen him struggling trying to find form and recover from the knee operations the German defender sustained after being removed from Stoke City’s match against Sunder in November 23.

The knee operations that the defender of Stoke City experienced left him out of action for 6 months but he is expected to complete his recovery in the next few weeks.

Mark Hughes works has worked alongside Robert Huth since 2013 when the Welsh manager was appointed as the head coach of Stoke City and he believes that one of the biggest problems that Huth is going to have will be restraining his vigorous efforts to prove his fitness.

“You know Huthy trying to keep tight reins on him is the big problem. He’s doing everything asked of him, and probably more. He’s in a better place than he was because he was really frustrated with the injury earlier on when it wasn’t resolving itself. There was something else going on in there which needed certain investigations and a further operation.” Hughes stated.

During the absence and recovery stages of Robert Huth, Hughes appointed Marc Wilson as the man to step it up and fill in the boots of the German defender and Wilson managed on establishing himself as a reliable performer as he played alongside Ryan Shawcross at the heart of the defence.

“He’s done really well, we’ve been really impressed by what he’s produced for us this season. He’s got a real understanding of what is required there.” Hughes said when questioned about Wilson’s performances of the season.

Stoke City concluded the campaign on the 9th spot and a few changes are expected to be make before the start of the 2014/15 season as they will try to secure a better finishing in the upcoming season which kicks off on August 16.

HUTH IMPRESSES

Stoke City’s Robert Huth has made over 30 appearances for his club since the season he was signed by the Premier League club as the €5 million signing became a fundamental player not only for Tony Pullis but for Mark Hughes as he took over the English club by being appointed into the new head coach on May 30 of 2013.

The 29 years old German defender will be unable to continue his consistent series of performances and appearances for Stoke City as he is out for the remainder of the season after undergoing a knee surgery.

Huth has been struggling in the past few months with his knee as he already went through a surgery in November of 2013.

“Unfortunately Robert had an operation and he will now miss the remainder of the season. The knee was reacting adversely to the work we were trying to do with him, so this is something that we have had to do’’.

“He has been close on a number of occasions, but we weren’t willing to risk him .In some regards it was good news because we have got to the bottom of what the problem was, and hopefully he will be fit and raring to go for the start of next season’’. Mark Hughes told reporters.

The absence of Robert Huth has allowed the Irish midfielder Marc Wilson on getting more playing time in the main team of Stoke City which is great news for the 26 years old player who was struggling trying to playing time under Mark Hughes and now has the chance to prove his worth.

Since Marc Wilson made his move from Portsmouth to Stoke City, he has been deployed as a centre-back, right-back and central midfielder. During Robert Huth’s recovery Wilson is mainly being used as a makeshift defender and he expressed details about his situation.

“Yes, it’s what I’ve got to do. You want to give the manager some food for thought and I just go out and try to give my best every game’’. Wilson said.

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STOKE BLOW

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.