Afellay blow for Potters

Stoke have suffered a setback on the injury front after it was revealed Ibrahim Afellay will not return until the end of the year.

Stoke: Afellay blow for PottersStoke: Afellay blow for Potters

The Dutchman has been on the sidelines since damaging knee ligaments in training back in April and hopes of a speedy return have been dashed by assistant boss Mark Bowen.

In fact, the winger is facing at least another three months on the treatment table and there is a chance Stephen Ireland, who is battling back from a double leg fracture, could return before him.

“Ibrahim had complications after his first operation and from what I’m aware he will be a while longer than Steve,” Bowen revealed. “It might be December until we see him.

“He’s been having treatment back home in Holland and we haven’t seen a lot of him.

“Stephen seems to be coming on. He had a scan the other day which told him the bone was knitting together fine. He’s been doing a hell of a lot of work.

“Steve is a bit of a workaholic and he’s been doing a lot of work in the gym on his upper body strength and on the bike.

“He’s trying to bridge the gap that when the powers-that-be tell him he can get on the grass and start training with us, he won’t have a lot of catching up.”

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