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Hull boss hits back at Stoke midfielder Ireland

Stephen Ireland was fouled by Maynor Figueroa. Credit: PA

Hull boss Steve Bruce has hit back at Stoke over the injury suffered by Stephen Ireland at the weekend.

A graphic image of the gash on Ireland's leg caused by a Maynor Figueroa challenge, but Bruce says the Stoke man committed the worst challenge of the day when he fouled David Meyler.

Let me tell you, Stephen Ireland committed the worst challenge on the pitch on Davd Meyler. He shouldn't have been on the pitch.

Nobody went to the referee, it wasn't a free-kick, he caught the boy on the calf rather than planted the boot on him.

– Steve Bruce

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Team news: Captain Shawcross absent for Stoke

Ryan Shawcross is missing. Credit: PA

Stoke skipper Ryan Shawcross will be once again missing with a back injury this weekend against Aston Villa.

The defender has had injections and is improving but will not be fit and is joined on the sidelines by the suspended Geoff Cameron after his dismissal at Blackburn in the FA Cup last week.

Provisional squad: Butland, Sorensen, Begovic, Wollscheid, Muniesa, Wilson, Bardsley, Pieters, Nzonzi, Adam, Whelan, Sidwell, Palacios, Walters, Ireland, Arnautovic, Crouch, Moses, Diouf, Shenton, Teixeira.

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