Stoke City’s plans for Saturday’s clash against Liverpool at Anfield have been disrupted after three of their players missed training, due to a virus.
Asmir Begovic, Geoff Cameron and Phil Bardsley all missed training today, with Bardsley being sent home to prevent it spreading to other players.
Stoke manager Mark Hughes is hoping that all three players will recover and will be able to feature against Liverpool this weekend and his keeping his fingers crossed that the virus is not the same one that their under-21’s side had.
Hughes told the club's official website: “We’re struggling at the moment with a little bit of a virus. It started with the under-21’s and we’ve had to close down their operation really and keep everyone away from the first team.
“Unfortunately there has been a little bit of sickness in the senior squad this morning and two or three players have been sent back home.”
Begovic, Cameron and Bardsley have all been ever present in the Stoke team this season, but Hughes is confident that the will be back for their trip to Merseyside.
“We hope we’ve caught it in time and didn’t spread it to the rest of the group. Asmir Begovic and Geoff Cameron have gone down with sickness and we sent Phil Bardsley home just in case. He probably could have trained, but there is no point taking risks as we haven’t got that many bodies to play with.”
Stoke should have Marc Wilson and Erik Pieters available for Saturday, after the duo returned to training this week after missing last weeks game with Burnley.
Meanwhile, midfielder Victor Moses will definitely miss the game against his old club with a thigh injury, whilst Oussama Assaidi is not able to play due to his loan agreement that does not permit him to play versus his parent club. The Potters are currently 11th in the Premier League and will be hoping to turn their recent bad form around with a win at Liverpool, who themselves have had poor patch results.