Sidibe injury blow for Stoke

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Stoke are hoping Mamady Sidibe has avoided a serious injury after the striker was stretchered off prior to Monday night's reserve game at Aston Villa.

The Mali forward twisted his left knee during the warm-up at Villa Park and will undergo tests on Tuesday after leaving the ground on crutches. Sidibe has only recently returned from two-and-a-half months on the sidelines, having hyper-extended the same knee against Fulham in December.

Reserve team boss Mark O'Connor told The Sentinel: "Mama has twisted his knee. He went over and was in a lot of pain."

He added: "I don't think anybody touched him, he just went over. I saw him after and he seemed a little better in himself, but once we get him looked at, we will know more.

"It could be that this is just a scare and he is fine by the end of the week. I honestly don't know, but I am just hoping he is all right."

Sidibe has scored just three league goals in 17 starts and five substitute appearances this season, but he has contributed heavily to Stoke's survival battle with his industry and ability to bring other players into the game.

Meanwhile, fellow striker Henri Camara also missed the reserve clash after being allowed to return home to Senegal for personal reasons.

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