Stoke defender Huth unlikely to be fit for run-in

Stoke City owner Peter Coates has admitted that defender Robert Huth, who has been out of action since November, is unlikely to play again this season, Sky Sports has reported.

The German suffered a knee injury in the 2-0 win at home to Sunderland on November 23, and was forced to undergo surgery. Despite appearing to be close to a return towards the end of February, Huth has not returned to the Potter’s match day squad, meaning that Marc Wilson has continued to deputise alongside Ryan Shawcross in central defence.

And Coates concedes that he may not play again until next season. He said: “It is my understanding that it is very unlikely he will feature again this season. If that is the case, then all the focus now is getting him ready for next season.

“It will be good to have him available again because, along with Ryan Shawcross and Asmir Begovic, he has long been part of the backbone of our team. But the fact we have done so well without him is a tribute to the team in general and to Marc Wilson in particular.”

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