Stoke's Robert Huth suffers setback on return from injury

Stoke City defender Robert Huth is out of tomorrow's League Cup tie against Southampton where he was hoping to return from a knee injury.

Stoke City defender Robert Huth is ruled out of tomorrow's League Cup tie with Southampton at the Britannia Stadium after suffering a setback on his return from a knee injury.

The former Chelsea and Middlesbrough defender was in line for a start against the Saints but picked up a calf injury in training.

The German has been on the bench on several occasions in the Premier League so far this season but has yet to make an appearance, but did feature in the wins against Portsmouth and Sunderland in the earlier rounds of the League Cup.

Assistant manager Mark Bowen is quoted in the Stoke Sentinel, saying: "He trained yesterday and had a problem with his calf and has gone for a scan.

"It might put him out for a couple of weeks.

"He's been patient waiting for his chance and it might have been a chance for him to go in tomorrow.

"But now he's got a pretty bad calf problem.

"He finished the session and walked in and said his calf was really sore."

Huth has not played a Premier League game for nearly a year after undergoing knee surgery, and the 30-year-old will have been hoping to get some minutes under his belt in order to help his chances of returning to the side in the near future.

With news of a further setback for Huth means that one of the Potters' most experienced defenders won't be part of the squad for clashes against West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur ahead of the November international break. 

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