Shawcross, Allen, McClean, Vokes – When Stoke City’s walking wounded will return



Football is on lock down after the Premier League and EFL announced their decisions to postpone all matches until the start of next month.

But what does that mean for Stoke City’s walking wounded?

Stoke were due to meet Reading this weekend – but the Championship and other elite divisions across England will, as thing stand, not resume until April 3 at the very earliest.

Meanwhile, the EFL are due to meet once again next week when “a further update on plans” will be announced.

Here is the current state of play on the treatment table at the bet365 Stadium and what impact the 21-day coronavirus break could have on the club’s injury situation;

Ryan Shawcross

Injured: Calf strain vs Fulham (A) on Sunday, December 29

Potential return date? Unused sub against Hull City (H) on Saturday, March 7

What Shawcross has said: “I would say that I’m available for selection when and if I’m needed.

“I’ve had a month’s programme with the fitness people at the club and I’ve been training for the last three weeks or so that culminated with me playing 45 minutes for the 23s.

“Hopefully I’m in a position where I can put my hand up and play if the gaffer needs me.”

Joe Allen

Injured: Ruptured Achilles vs Hull City (H) on Saturday, March 7

Potential return date? Unknown

What O’Neill has said: “It’s devastating for us and devastating for the boy as well. Not only will he miss the rest of the season, but obviously Euro 2020 as well.

“He’s a great lad and when you’re a coach and a manager you want the good lads to get the rewards and do well in the game. Joe’s a low maintenance, but a high output player.”

James McClean

Injured: Medial ligament vs Preston (H) on Wednesday, February 12

Potential return date? vs Barnsley (H) on Saturday, April 4

What O’Neill has said: “James (McClean) has been on the training pitch, but still with the medical team, he’s not back in training yet.

“He seems to be progressing quite well. He had a little setback last week, so we had to ease off on him a little bit.

“The good thing about James is that he is desperate to play. He’s pushing very hard to get back and be in contention for selection.”

Thibaud Verlinden

Injured: ACL vs Preston (H) on February 12

Potential return date? Ruled out for the rest of the 2019/2020 season

What Verlinden has said: “It’s not an easy injury but I promised myself, my family and the fans that I will recover from this and come back stronger!”

Sam Vokes

Injured: Slight calf strain

Potential return date? vs Barnsley (H) on Saturday, April 4

What O’Neill has said: “We’ve just had to manage Sam Vokes a bit this week and we will see how he is. We had to sit him out of training for a couple of days to give him the best chance possible.”





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