“That Achilles tendon injury to Joe Allen was simply sickening to hear about and my heart sank with everyone else’s.
He’s one of the few current Stoke players I’ve met – and I wasn’t disappointed.
His personality seemed to reflect the kind of player Stoke fans see on the pitch week-in,week-out.
His experience and desire won’t be easy to replace and we all hope he is back sooner than feared right now.
The Achilles tendon injury is a bad one, worse than your average leg break even, and it seems as though improvements in technology haven’t quite got to grips with that injury like it has with so many others in football.
Joe is one of those vital to the backbone of this Stoke side and it’s ironic he should pick up this terrible injury just as Ryan Shawcross, another to fall into that category, returns to the bench ahead of his latest comeback.
Joe is one of the few players to have been an automatic pick for five Stoke managers and that says something about what he offers to his team.
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It’s strange because I’d never imagined him getting injured, he’s one of those who seems to run through the proverbial brick wall and come out the other side, despite his slight frame, but the Achilles tendon injury is a strange one.
It comes when you least expect it and can hit players who seem indestructible.”