Sunday 17 November 2019

Stoke suffer blow as knee injury rules Bojan out for season

Bojan Krkic receives treatment after picking up a serious knee injury during Stoke City's win over Rochdale in the FA Cup fourth round at Spotland Stadium. Photo: Alex Livesey/Getty Images
Bojan Krkic receives treatment after picking up a serious knee injury during Stoke City's win over Rochdale in the FA Cup fourth round at Spotland Stadium. Photo: Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Stoke City's Bojan Krkic has been ruled out for the rest of the season with a serious knee injury.

The 24-year-old ruptured the cruciate ligament in his left knee during Monday's 4-1 FA Cup fourth-round win at Rochdale, after scoring the opener.

Stokle manager Mark Hughes told the club's official site: "It's bitterly disappointing for the club but even more so for Bojan himself as he was making such a big impact on the Premier League and clearly enjoying his football. We wish him a speedy recovery."

Signed from Barcelona last summer for a fee of around £1m, Bojan took time to adapt to English football but the 24-year-old has given the team a new dimension in recent weeks and has scored five goals in his last 12 games.

While cruciate ligament ruptures are no longer the career-ending injuries they once were, there are often complications during rehabilitation. Jay Rodriguez, the Southampton and England striker, has been out for nine months, while Theo Walcott has made only two starts for Arsenal since his injury last January.

Irish Independent

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