Stoke captain Ryan Shawcross will be out for “a
couple of weeks” because of a back injury.
The 27-year-old defender had to leave the field in the
first half of last weekend’s 3-1 home victory over
“Unfortunately Ryan will be missing now for a couple
of weeks,” Potters boss Mark Hughes said. “He’s just
got an issue with the disc in his back.
“We have other players capable of filling in though,
so it is a chance for them to come in and make a
Stoke, 10th in the table, travel to Newcastle in the
Premier League on Sunday, before hosting
Manchester City on 11 February.
Three days later the Potters are away to Blackburn in
the FA Cup fifth round with a league visit to Aston
Villa on 21 February.
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