PLAYING THROUGH THE PAIN BARRIER
The Stoke City defender Robert Huth has revealed that he had to play through the pain barrier in the recent 2-1 win over the Premier league strugglers Reading. The former Chelsea and Middlesbrough defender has been inspirational for Stoke City this season. Until recently, the team had an imperious record at home. It has helped the team stay in touch with their dream of qualifying for the Europa league once again next season. Considering his importance to the team, Huth was part of the starting line-up that took on Reading at the Britannia stadium. In the previous match, Huth had to receive 28 stitches after a clash with the Wigan striker Franco di Santo.
Huth has said that it certainly is not a great achievement for his part to play through the pain barrier because it did not affect him as people have claimed it. However, he has acknowledged the fact that it will be difficult to get over the pain barrier for some people. The 28-year-old has made 27 appearances for the club in all competitions, and he has scored one goal in the process. Stoke are currently 10th in the Premier league and they are just a few points away from catching Liverpool. The 2-1 win over Reading, though, is the first win in four matches for the team.
“I’m not saying I’m a real man. It affects some people but I was okay with it. The first corner from the left was easier for me. I scored from that side and felt a bit more comfortable because swinging my head to the left would have been a bit sore,” said the defender after the match. Since the 3-1 win over Liverpool back in December, Stoke City have been unable to win a Premier league match. Their only victory during this period was the FA Cup success against Crystal Palace.