Stoke City have been dealt a hammer blow after it was revealed Tyrese Campbell is set to miss the rest of the season.
The 20-year-old suffered a serious knee injury in last Tuesday’s defeat to Cardiff City and after consulting with two specialists, it has been confirmed he is unlikely to play again in 2020/21.
Manager Michael O’Neill told the club website: “It’s a cruel blow for us but even more so for Tyrese, a young man with a great future who had been performing so well for us this season.”
Campbell had seven goals this season and providing six assists as he enjoyed a sensational season for Stoke, winning the PFA’s Player of the Month award for September and October.
Campbell himself has commented on the injury.
“Unfortunately these things are part of the game and process. You’ve got to embrace the journey and come through stronger! Appreciate all your support and messages. I’ll be back,” he wrote on Twitter.
Fans react to injury blow
Stoke City fans have been reacting to the news striker Tyrese Campbell is set to miss the rest of the season.
Campbell suffered a serious knee injury during the home defeat to Cardiff on December 8 and missed Saturday’s 0-0 draw at Derby.
The 20-year-old striker’s injury was assessed by two specialists who gave City manager Michael O’Neill the news he had been dreading.
O’Neill told the club’s website: “It’s a cruel blow for us but even more so for Tyrese, a young man with a great future who had been performing so well for us this season.”
Campbell had scored seven goals in all competitions for the Potters this season.
Glyn Andrews: That’s promotion gone then. Can’t even spend in January due to FFP.
Stoke Mark: Heartbreaking news about Tyrese Campbell. Playing out of his skin, creating goals, scoring goals and then this. Typical Stoke luck
Five potential signings
Stoke City are in serious need of striking reinforcements in January after seeing Tyrese Campbell ruled out for the rest of the season in all likelihood.
Here, we take a look at five players who the club could look to bring in during the January transfer window.
1 Liam Delap
The prodigiously talented son of former Stoke star Rory Delap. He might only be 17, but he has featured in the Premier League once this season and scored his first senior goal in a Carabao Cup win against Bournemouth.
Delap has also scored three times in two Papa John’s Trophy games this term.
2 Andre Gray
The 29-year-old has slipped down the pecking order at Watford, playing just six times this season, scoring once.
However, he has plenty of experience, including in the Premier League, and would offer an injection of pace into the team if Watford are willing to let him out, most likely on loan given Stoke’s potential transfer budget.
Derby County interim boss Wayne Rooney hit out at the decision not to award his side a penalty in Saturday’s goalless draw with Stoke City at Pride Park.
Rams left-back Lee Buchanan went down under a challenge from Stoke ‘s Nick Powell in the second half and referee Andy Woolmer immediately blew up.
However, he didn’t give a spot-kick or penalise Buchanan for simulation and instead allowed the ball to drop at Potters goalkeeper Joe Bursik’s feet.
Buchanan would have been given a second yellow card if he was deemed to have simulated contact and it appears Woolmer decided after putting his whistle to his mouth that neither a penalty or red card should be given.
It was a bizarre incident and Rooney was seething post match.
Stoke boss Michael O’Neill, for his part, agreed with Woolmer that it wasn’t a penalty or a dive.
“I think he’s made a mistake and he knows that,” Rooney said.
“I appreciate it’s very difficult for referees to get all the decisions right, I completely understand that.
“But this decision is so obvious that the referee, the two linesmen and the fourth official.