In addition to that, summer signing Glen Johnson missed 13 matches and Bojan Krkic only started 22 games. They then finished the season with the loss of midfielder Stephen Ireland, who broke his leg in training.
BBC Radio Stoke’s Matt Sandoz
“Mark Hughes again proved that he has turned Stoke into a solid top-half team.
“A third consecutive ninth-placed finish is an excellent achievement considering the staggering amount of injuries the club have had to deal with.
“The form in the last couple of months naturally took the focus away from what has been another successful campaign.
“The frustration has been the inconsistency at home. With minor improvements, Stoke could have mounted a serious challenge for a Europa League place.
“Home wins over Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United and narrowly missing out on a League Cup final should not be overlooked.”