Just days before their Premier League battle with Liverpool on Saturday, Stoke City were forced to close their Clayton Wood Training Complex on Wednesday after a virus hit the club.
The Daily Mirror reports that the Potters have carried out a deep clean of the facility in Staffordshire after the sickness bug affected some members of the academy team as well as some non-playing staff.
Parents from Clayton Wood were sent a letter which read: "With immediate effect and until Thursday, November 27, all activity has been cancelled due to an outbreak of sickness.
"No players, parents or staff will be permitted to enter site during this period."
A spokesperson from Stoke was keen to revealed none of the first team have been suffering with the illness and they were expected back at the state-of-the-art facility today.
"It is being portrayed as though the training ground is in ‘lock down’, but it is not quite as serious as that.
"Wednesday was a day-off for the first team and the academy players so, with a stomach bug doing the rounds, there was some intensive cleaning going on.
"The first team have been unaffected, but a few people in the academy have had it."
Mark Hughes will be relieved his Premier League preparations weren't severely affected by the stomach-bug.
Stoke are on a poor run of fives games without a win and travel to Anfield to face an equally struggling Liverpool side, who ended their four match losing streak with a 2-2 draw against Ludogorets in Bulgaria in the Champions League last night.
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