‘Odemwingie out for eight months’
Nigeria international Osaze Odemwingie could be out for the rest of season amid fears he has seriously damaged his cruciate knee ligament, according to a media report.
The news on Odemwingie is a crushing blow for a player that played a pivotal role in Stoke’s last season performance, africanFootball.com reports.
The Super Eagles forward collapsed with nobody around him at Manchester City on Saturday and was taken off the pitch.
Stoke boss Mark Hughes said after the 1-0 win that the injury was nothing serious.
But that is no longer the case with medical report saying he has ruptured his knee ligament.
Stoke City is now looking at the possibility of acquiring Oussama Assaidi on loan as his replacement, the Stoke Sentinel said.
Stoke tried to buy the Liverpool winger earlier this summer following his successful loan stint at Stoke last season.
His high personal demands stalled the deal, however, and it eventually fell through when Stoke took Victor Moses on loan from Chelsea instead.
But now Assaidi’s name is back on a hastily-assembled hit list on transfer deadline day.
Tottenham’s Aaron Lennon is another possibility, but his former Spurs boss Harry Redknapp reportedly wants him at Queens Park Rangers.
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