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Stoke midfielder Ireland suffers broken leg

Ireland could be out for some time. Credit: PA

Stoke midfielder Stephen Ireland suffered a broken leg in training, the Barclays Premier League club have announced.

Ireland has struggled with various injury problems this season and the 29-year-old is now set for an extended spell on the sidelines.

The details of how the injury occurred remain unclear, other than the club stating that it happened during training on Tuesday morning.

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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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