Jack Clarke has had his loan spell with Stoke City cut short after picking up an injury in recent weeks.
The winger signed for the club back in the January transfer window, and went on to make 14 appearances for the Potters, as they went in search of a top-six finish in the Championship.
This wasn’t Clarke’s first spell in the second-tier though, with the 20-year-old previously catching the eye with some strong performances for Leeds United earlier in his career.
He made the move to Tottenham Hotspur back in 2019, but has only made three senior appearances for the club, which prompted them to send Clarke out on loan for the remainder of this year’s campaign.
Clarke spoke out on his departure from Stoke due to an injury recently in a post on Instagram, and wished Stoke well for the rest of the 2020/21 season.
Michael O’Neill’s side are currently sat 11th in the Championship table, and will be eager to put together a positive run of results at the earliest of opportunities.
Stoke are set to return to action this weekend, when they take on Birmingham City, in what could potentially be a tricky test up against Lee Bowyer’s side, who have shown improvement since he took charge of the club.
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This will be hugely frustrating for Clarke.
We were just getting to see what he was about, but to have his spell with the club cut short due to injury will be irritating for both him and the club.
He will have gained valuable experience in senior football whilst with the Potters, and it’ll be interesting to see what Tottenham Hotspur have got planned for him in the future.
It wouldn’t come as a surprise to see him heading out on loan once again next season once he’s recovered from this injury blow, as I’m not convinced that he’ll be a regular starter for Spurs at this moment in time.