Stoke City boss Alex Neil took to the podium Thursday before The Potters head to West London to take on QPR Saturday. Coming off of a win against Hull City this last Tuesday, Stoke City will have the tough task of facing QPR who also won midweek beating Millwall, 2-0.
As has been his style since taking over at Stoke City, Neil has remained tight-lipped about the status of injuries on the team. Heading into Saturday’s game is no exception.
Injuries for Stoke City
Wing-back Josh Tymon wasn’t expected to play this past Tuesday because of an injury. He did return against Hull City, but only to leave late in the game with what could have been cramping or a reaggravated injury.
When asked about wing-back Josh Tymon’s status, Neil’s response was,
“Yeah, obviously the time frame for Tymon playing that game and playing this game, we need to have a look into him in terms of how he’s feeling…It’s a quick turnaround for somebody who hasn’t played football in three to four weeks.”
Goalkeeper Jack Bonham, is in question with an injury Saturday after he was slated to start midweek but was scratched from the lineup last second before kickoff. When asked about Bonham Neil said, “…Jack didn’t feel right before the game, Joe (Josef Bursik) came in, performed very well. That’s the goalkeeping situation.”
Elsewhere on the team, Stoke City has been without loanees Dujon Sterling who has yet to make his Potters debut and Gavin Kilkenny who picked up an early season injury. Center-back Harry Souttar, who tore his ACL last year, could also return to training soon.
Neil gave another update addressing these longer term injuries when asked if any could return sooner than expected as Tymon did,
“No, I think they’ve all got their own time frames in terms of when they’re due to be back…Unfortunately, we will get some longer term ones like (Harry) Souttar and guys like that. We just need to be careful with them because they’ve been out so long.”
QPR Injuries Going Into Stoke City Match
As for QPR going into Saturday against Stoke City, the Rangers will face their own injury problems as defender Rob Dickie is out with an ankle injury, per “West London Sport”.