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Nigel Pearson nominated for Manager of the Month

The Leicester City manager, Nigel Pearson, has been nominated for the Premier League Manager of the Month award for April.

Leicester managed a miraculous turn-around in form in April, winning four games in a row before losing to Chelsea. Another win this month meant they're now one point and two places clear of the relegation places.

Pearson has been joined in the nominations by Chelsea's Jose Mourinho, Arsenal's Arsene Wenger and Everton boss Roberto Martinez.

Two Leicester players have also been nominated for Premier League Player of the Month.

Jamie Vardy and Kasper Schmeichel have both been crucial to Leicester's revival in April.

They face competition for the accolade from two other Midlands players too - Christian Benteke has found scoring form once more under Tim Sherwood, while Stoke City's Charlie Adam scored some spectacular goals in April, including a goal-of-the-season contender in the Potters' defeat at Chelsea.

Chelsea captain John Terry and Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera.

Stoke City forward Bojan Krkic to miss rest of season

Stoke City's Bojan Krkic celebrates scoring the first goal against Rochdale yesterday Credit: PA

Stoke forward Bojan Krkic will miss the rest of the season after suffering a ruptured cruciate ligament in his left knee, the club have announced.

Stoke manager Mark Hughes said the injury is "bitterly disappointing" for both the player and the club.



Stoke City manager Mark Hughes hoping to continue recent good form against Arsenal

Stoke City manager, Mark Hughes, says his side will be hoping to keep up their recent good form against Arsenal when they host the Gunners this weekend.

Stoke have lost just once in eight games against Arsenal at the Britannia Stadium.

Hughes says the fans are a big part of the side's performances and is calling on them to make life difficult for the visitors.

FT: QPR 2 - 2 Stoke City

Stoke City twice lost a one-goal lead at Queens Park Rangers, to come away from Loftus Road with a 2-2 draw.

Mame Biram Diouf's header put the visitors ahead in the 11th minute, before Steven Caulker equalised on the stroke of half time from very close range.

It didn't take Stoke long to bounce back after the break - Peter Crouch's left footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner putting them into a 2-1 lead.

But Niko Kranjcar denied the visitors the win, scoring from a free kick to level the score in the 88th minute.

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