Broken leg blow for Stoke's Stephen Ireland

Ex-Ireland midfielder suffered the injury in training

Broken leg blow for Stoke's Stephen Ireland

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Stoke have announced that former Irish international Stephen Ireland is facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines.

The midfielder suffered a broken leg in training this morning, which has brought a premature end to his season.

In an update on the club's website said: "We can confirm that Stephen Ireland has sustained a broken leg in training this morning and is now facing an extended spell on the sidelines.

"The Club wishes Stephen a speedy recovery and will offer him all the support he requires as he undergoes his rehabilitation."

Ireland's Stoke contract expires in the summer of 2017 and he has been a bit-part figure this season, finishing the Premier League campaign with 13 appearances.