Stoke City's star midfielder ruled out for rest of season with serious injury

Stoke City's disastrous luck with injuries shows no sign of abating, with Ibrahim Afellay the latest to be ruled out for the rest of the season.

Stoke City midfielder Ibrahim Afellay ahs been ruled out for the long term after suffering a serious injury in training yesterday, as reported by ESPN.

The Dutchman suffered cruciate ligamne tdamage and will not be able to return to action until next season.

In a quote published on Stoke's official Twitter account, Potters boss Mark Hughes had this to say on the 30-year-old Afellay's injury:

"It's unfortunate for Ibrahim. He twisted his knee in training. He'll come back stronger with our support."

The Potters currently sit comfortably in 9th position in the Premeir League, but have had to deal with their fair share of injuries throughout the course of the season.

Jack Butland was recently ruled out for the rest of the season because of an ankle injury sustained whilst on international duty with England.

Glen Johnson and Marc Wilson have also been long term absentees, and many Stoke fans will be wondering what could have been this season, if they had maintained a fully fit squad for the duration of the campaign.

The Dutchman has appeared in 31 of Stoke's Premier League games this year, chipping in with two goals and two assists.

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