Stephen Ireland: Stoke midfielder breaks leg in training

Stephen Ireland
Stephen Ireland has six caps for the Republic of Ireland

Stoke City midfielder Stephen Ireland has broken his leg in training.

The 29-year-old former Republic of Ireland international "is facing an extended spell on the sidelines", said a Potters statement.

The former Manchester City and Aston Villa player has made 16 appearances in all competitions for Stoke this season and came on as a substitute in their 2-1 defeat by Crystal Palace on Saturday.

He arrived at the Britannia Stadium in January 2014 after a period on loan.

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