Injury update on stricken Stoke City and Wales star



Stoke City are hoping to have Joe Allen in hospital and ready for surgery by the end of today.

The club has tried to fast-track his admission under expert guidance ahead of a lengthy operation to repair his ruptured Achilles tendon.

Allen’s injury not only ends his season, but crushes his hopes of appearing in Euro 2020 for Wales.

Early signs suggest it will be later this year before he is back from such a serious injury.

It’s been a devastating blow for the popular midfielder and also ends any chances of a return to the Premier League this summer.

Allen went to ground after an innocuous-looking collision with Hull midfielder Dan Batty just before half-time in yesterday’s 5-1 home win.

Allen remained on the ground for treatment while the pitch emptied at the half-time whistle and it soon became apparent the injury was serious.

After the game, manager Michael O’Neill said:  “It’s a huge loss. He’s a terrific player, a terrific lad. He’s been fantastic for me. When you come into a club, players like Joe Allen make your job a lot easier.

“He had so much to look forward to not only at the end of the season but Euro 2020 as well with Wales. I’m gutted for the player and it’s taken a bit of shine off the victory.”

Midfield partner Sam Clucas added: “I spoke to him a little bit and he’s obviously devastated, as all the players are.

“We don’t know the full effect or how long he’s going to be out, but it doesn’t look good and it will be a massive, massive loss for us.

“A guy with that much experience and quality is going to be a massive miss.”

Fans were also stunned by the news.

“Great player, captain and all round human being. Get well soon Joe,” said Jimmy Poisson.

Joy Mycock added: “Absolutely gutted for you Joe. Here’s hoping for a speedy recovery.”

And Ernie Greenaway said: “He has been a very loyal player for us and I am absolutely gutted for him I hope him a speedy recovery.”





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