“Stoke City has received unfortunate news on the injury front ahead of their upcoming Championship fixture against Sunderland, following the arrival of former Newcastle and Aston Villa defender. Here’s the latest Stoke City team news for their Championship match at the bet365 Stadium.
Stoke’s defender, Ben Wilmot, will be sidelined for approximately three months due to a knee injury, which means he will be unavailable for the match against Sunderland this month. The Potters are grappling with a series of injury concerns, having won just one of their last eight league games. In their recent 2-0 defeat against Leicester, the team had only two recognized defenders available.
Moreover, Stoke was missing several key players, including Lynden Gooch, Ryan Mmaee, Michael Rose, Enda Stevens, Tyrese Campbell, and Ki-Jana Hoever during the King Power Stadium match. Stoke’s manager, Alex Neil, is hopeful that some of these players may make a return after the international break.
Adding to the mix, former Newcastle and Aston Villa defender, Ciaran Clark, has signed a contract with Stoke until the end of the season. There is a possibility that he could make his debut for the club in the upcoming match against Sunderland at the bet365 Stadium.
Wilmot has played a pivotal role for Stoke under Neil, starting in the club’s first 10 league games. Unfortunately, he suffered an injury setback during last week’s match against Southampton. Neil expressed his regard for Wilmot, stating, ‘Since I’ve been here, Ben has played every single match for me when he’s been available, so I think everyone will know how highly I rate him.’ Neil even entrusted Wilmot with the captain’s armband for a cup game at Bournemouth to nurture his leadership qualities, making his injury a significant setback for both the team and the player.”