Stoke’s Bojan out for the season

Stoke City striker Bojan Krkic has been ruled out for the rest of the season after it was confirmed he had sustained ligament damage to his knee, Sky Sports is reporting.

Boss Mark Hughes had expressed public concern for the fitness of his playmaker after he limped out of their 4-1 FA Cup win over Rochdale with just half an hour on the clock.

The 24-year-old was sent for scans on Tuesday before it was confirmed he had suffered cruciate ligament damage in his knee – and now requires surgery to repair the problem.

It is a bitter blow to Stoke with the Spaniard really finding his feet in the Premier League – displayed by his goal in the FA Cup just four minutes into the game before being taken off.

Bojan scored a sumptuous volley and it is that kind of flair, form and confidence that leaves Hughes ruing this injury.

He has scored five goals in his last ten games for Stoke but it is his all round play that has won so many plaudits, and his manager was saddened by the latest news.

He said: “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.”

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