Stoke City international round-up: Joe Allen shines but injury problems worsen


Stoke City’s Joe Allen was a standout performer in Wales’ 1-1 draw at home to Serbia. He marshalled the midfield alongside Joe Ledley and will be disappointed to concede to a late Aleksandar Mitrovic goal after Gareth Bale put the home side ahead in the first half.

But Potters’ midfield stalwart Glenn Whelan was forced off 24 minutes into the Republic of Ireland’s 1-0 win over Austria with a hamstring injury last Saturday.

Whelan has been ever-present in the Premier League this season, and would be a big miss if he isn’t fit to face Bournemouth on Saturday.

Jonathan Walters and Marko Arnautovic both played 90 minutes in the game, the former playing up front on his own for Ireland.

Arnautovic then made his 60th cap for Austria in their 0-0 draw against Slovakia on Tuesday, playing the full 90 minutes in the process.

Wilfried Bony played the last 20 minutes of Ivory Coast’s 0-0 draw in Morocco to remain unbeaten in their qualifying group. The striker missed the friendly match against France yesterday with an ankle injury.

Whelan and Bony could join Geoff Cameron, Jack Butland, Stephen Ireland and Ibrahim Afellay on the treatment table, as Xherdan Shaqiri and Glen Johnson aim to return from injury to face Bournemouth this weekend.

Ramadan Sobhi came off the bench for the second half in Egypt’s 2-0 win over Ghana, and the winger played a part in the second goal.

Mame Biram Diouf played the last half an hour of Senegal’s 2-1 loss to South Africa. The Lions of Teranga halved the deficit once Diouf was subbed on but were unable to avoid defeat.

Bruno Martins Indi watched from the bench as The Netherlands drew 1-1 in a friendly with Belgium, before beating Luxembourg 3-1 to go three points behind leaders France in World Cup Qualifying UEFA Group A.

At Under-21 level, Daniel Bachman’s Austria went out in their play-off at the U21 European Championships on away goals against Spain. Bachman kept a clean sheet in the 0-0 away leg, but conceding to a penalty in the 1-1 home leg meaning Austria won’t advance to next summer’s tournament in Poland.


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