Stoke City Midfielder Joe Allen out of Manchester City trip


Stoke City manager Mark Hughes has ruled Welsh midfielder Joe Allen out of tomorrow’s trip to Manchester City.

The 27-year-old suffered concussion in his country’s crucial World Cup Qualifier with the Republic of Ireland on Monday night, being subbed off in the 37th minute.

The Potters boss says it’s too soon his fellow countryman.

“Joe’s not great at the moment, we gave him couple of days at home before he came in yesterday. He’s unlikely to be available tomorrow.

“Concussion’s a thing you can’t take any risks with you have to follow the protocol, he should be ready for training next week.

“He had a bang to the head that found it difficult to remember the incident, it shows you the severity of it, we’re being guided by the medical people here, at the moment he’s not ready to return to training.”

Charlie Adam or Ibrahim Affelay are the obvious replacements for Allen who has started every league game this season alongside Darren Fletcher.

Hughes also added that Bruno Martins Indi and Ryan Shawcross are out of Saturday’s game.

Stoke claimed a 0-0 draw at the Etihad Stadium in March, and Hughes is hoping for another positive result. ““We went their last season and acquitted ourselves really well.

“They use their resources well, they look a lot stronger than they were last season.”

The league leaders have won their last two home games 5-0, but that doesn’t worry the Stoke boss.

“We don’t anticipate that’ll happen again, all teams from top to bottom have players in their group that can change games, we’ve certainly got players like that and we need them to step up.”


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