Stoke City players struck by virus ahead of Liverpool preparations

Three members of the Stoke squad have been sent home through illness ahead of their trip to Anfield on Saturday.

The Stoke City side has been hit by a virus ahead of their Premier League trip to Liverpool at Anfield on Saturday with three key players sent home from training.

Goalkeeper Asmir Begovic along with Geoff Cameron had been suffering with sickness and full-back Phil Bardsley was sent home as precaution after complaining of 'feeling under the weather' according to manager Mark Hughes.

Hughes revealed that the virus has even meant the team's second string have been limited in what they can do at the club this week.

The Potters' boss told their club website: "We're struggling at the moment with a little bit of a virus. It started with the Under-21s and we've had to close down their operation really and keep everyone away from the first team.

"Unfortunately, there's been a little bit of sickness in the senior squad this morning and two or three players have been sent back home.

"We hope we've caught it in time and didn't spread to the rest of the group. We're hopeful that it’s not the same virus the Under-21s have had."

Hughes will be hoping to have the trio fit for this weekend's trip to Anfield as they look to take advantage of Liverpool's poor form and come away from Anfield with a positive result, potentially adding the Reds to the scalps of Manchester City and Tottenham this season as they look to bounce back from a home defeat against Burnley. 

It hasn't been the best week so far for Stoke with news that winger Victor Moses could miss the next eight weeks because of a thigh injury.

For Liverpool, they will probably need all the hope they can get at the moment to get their season back on track. After a tough encounter against Ludogorets in the Champions League this week, the Reds will look to get their first win in over a month in the Premier League this weekend.

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