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Stoke midfielder Afellay ruled out with long-term injury

Afellay is out long-term. Credit: PA

Stoke midfielder Ibrahim Afellay has sustained cruciate ligament damage and will be out for the long term, the Barclays Premier League club have announced.

The 30-year-old, who has been capped 52 times by Holland, suffered what the club have called a "serious knee injury" in Friday's training session and was not in the squad for the Potters' Saturday lunchtime clash with Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.

In a quote published on Stoke's official Twitter account, boss Mark Hughes said: "It's unfortunate for Ibrahim. He twisted his knee in training. He'll come back stronger with our support."

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Stoke forward Odemwingie joins Bristol City on loan

Odemwingie is heading to the West Country. Credit: PA

Bristol City have signed forward Peter Odemwingie on loan from Stoke until the end of the season.

Odemwingie, 34, restricted to eight appearances this season, will go straight into Lee Johnson's squad for Saturday's Sky Bet Championship game at Fulham.

"I'm delighted we've been able to bring someone of Peter's quality in. He'll provide us with experience and hopefully goals in one form or another," manager Johnson told the club's official website.

"I'm looking forward to working with him and he'll be available for us at Fulham."

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