Tottenham winger Jack Clarke has thanked Stoke City after returning to his parent club.
Clarke’s loan deal with the Potters has been cut short by an ankle injury which has ruled him out of the rest of the season.
The 20-year-old made a favourable impression during his 14 appearances for Michael O’Neill’s side, with his last coming in the 1-0 victory over Derby County last month.
Clarke has taken to Instagram to wish City well for the rest of the campaign, writing: “Due to an injury setback, my time at Stoke has come to an end. Special thanks to everyone at the club for welcoming me in. All the best for the rest of the season @stokecity.”
Speaking about Clarke on Friday, O’Neill said: “Unfortunately he won’t play again this season, he has ligament damage in his ankle. He had a scan yesterday so that’s disappointing.
“We could have done with him. I think we’ve got 10 players out with injury.
“We could have done with more from him in the final eight games of the season. It’s never nice when a loan is cut short like that.
“He struggled a bit to start in recent weeks because the system made it difficult for him but overall we’ve been pleased with the contribution he’s made.”
Meanwhile, Stoke fans have given their verdict on Clarke’s time in the Potteries and many would like to see him back at the club next season.
Ola Bjørlo Strande: Talent: Can become a very good player. If he’ll return to us next year, I’ll welcome him back for sure.
Scott Price: Highly unlikely we be signing him permanently another loan maybe.
Ben Cowie: Decent but I’d be looking at another loan. Tottenham paid good money for him not long ago so he wouldn’t come cheap and not sure he’d be worth the outlay given our budget limitations. Alfie Doughty will be fit for next season as well.
Gareth Wood: Absolutely yes what we have seen of him is very good, I think we should sign him