Joe Allen has taken a big step closer to Stoke City’s first team after coming through a 75-minute outing for the under-23s.
Allen played his first competitive game since March today when he started for a 4-3 win over West Bromwich Albion at Clayton Wood, with Ethon Varian scoring a first-half hat-trick.
The 30-year-old has missed 33 first team matches since rupturing an Achilles tendon in a 5-1 win of Hull just before the first national lockdown. He has been increasing his training regime over recent weeks and will now be eased back into the fold for the Championship.
It is a major boost for Michael O’Neill, who has had to deal with a challenging and mounting injury list on the back of a hectic six months since football resumed behind closed doors – and the rest of the treatment room could soon start to look a lot more healthy.
Tottenham Hotspur have been handed a potential injury boost ahead of their Carabao Cup tie against Stoke City.
The Premier League big guns visit the bet365 Stadium for a quarter-final clash on Wednesday night.
And ahead of that trip to face the Potters, Spurs midfielder Erik Lamela has returned to full training.
The Argentine playmaker has missed the past 11 games in all competitions due to injury, with his last appearance coming at the start of November.
Stoke City have a break from league action this week as attention returns to the Carabao Cup.
The Potters are in quarter final action as they welcome fifth-place Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur to the Bet365 Stadium on Wednesday evening.
Jose Mourinho has been handed an injury concern ahead of the game, with midfielder Giovani Lo Celso a doubt after leaving the pitch with what appeared to be a muscle injury in the 2-0 home defeat against Leicester City on Sunday afternoon.
Spurs are also likely to be without Erik Lamela and Japhet Tanganga through injury, although Gareth Bale should be fit enough to feature after playing the second half of the game vs the Foxes.
Ahead of Stoke City’s quarter-final clash with Tottenham Hotspur, it has been announced the date for the Carabao Cup final has been changed.
The showpiece finale has been pushed back to April 25 in a bid to be able to welcome fans to Wembley to watch the match, the English Football League have announced.
The game was due to be played on February 28.
In confirming the decision, the EFL said: “The number of fans permitted will be dependent on Government guidance in place at the time and it is hoped that moving the date to later in the year will give clubs and their fans the best opportunity to attend in person.”