Ibrahim Afellay suffers serious knee injury in training

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Stoke City have been dealt a huge blow as Dutch international midfielder Ibrahim Afellay seriously injured in training.

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Afellay, 30, injured his knee in the closing stages of Stoke’s final training session before their game against Manchester City on Saturday.

The former PSV Eindhoven and Barcelona playmaker was the man of the match for Stoke in their defeat against Tottenham Hotspur last Monday and has been a pivotal figure in the Potters midfield in his debut season in England. He’s played 36 times for Stoke, scoring three goals.

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In a statement released on their website on Saturday, the Potters revealed the extend of Afellay’s injury.

Mark Hughes suffered a monumental blow ahead of Saturday’s live televised fixture against Manchester City with Ibrahim Afellay being ruled out long-term with a serious knee injury.

The Dutch international sustained cruciate knee damage during the latter stages of Friday afternoon’s training session – curtailing his maiden Stoke City campaign and threatening a large part of the 2016/17 season too.

With Stoke securing just one win in their last six games, losing Jack Butland for the rest of the season with a broken ankle and the likes of Bojan Krkic and Xherdan Shaqiri struggling with injuries and out of form, the Potters have faded.

Two heavy defeats int he last week — 4-1 at Liverpool and 4-0 at home against Tottenham — say as much and now the loss of Afellay is a hammer blow for Hughes’ side.