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Stoke City suffer injury blow as midfielder set for lengthy spell on side lines

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Stoke City midfielder Ibrahim Afellay is set to face another long spell on the side lines after suffering an injury in the Potters pre-season friendly against Walsall.

According to Stoke on Trent Live, the 32-year-old suffered a serious knee injury in the match, minutes after scoring for Gary Rowett’s side.

The Potters head coach did not give a time frame on the injury, but it adds to the list of injuries that the Dutch wide man has suffered throughout his 14 year career to date.

The former Barcelona man joins Benik Afobe, Erik Pieters and Badou Ndiaye on the list of players out injured for Rowett’s side, but the latter three are expected to return soon.

The same cannot be said for Afellay however, who is expected to miss a large spell at the start of the 2018/19 Championship campaign.

Afellay only made six appearances for the Potters last season, in a campaign that saw them relegated from the Premier League.

The Verdict

Ibrahim Afellay has never been fully able to show his potential in a Stoke City shirt, having suffered setbacks throughout his three years at the Bet365 Stadium.

This injury blow is just another one to add to the list for the 32-year-old, who has suffered many throughout his career.

Stoke will be hoping that their list of injured players rapidly decreases as we near the start of the new Championship season.

Thoughts, Stoke fans? Will you miss Afellay or was he not needed anyway? Let us know in the comments below.

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