March 19, 2015 15:52:48 UK
Jon Walters has undergone minor surgery on the fractured cheekbone he suffered in Stoke’s defeat at West Brom and is therefore unlikely to be fit to face Crystal Palace this weekend.
Walters picked up the knock in what appeared to be an accidental clash at The Hawthorns in the Potters’ 1-0 defeat against the Baggies last weekend and it was decided he should have surgery.
Stoke boss Mark Hughes is now waiting to hear how long the Republic of Ireland international will be out for, but the feeling is that the injury is not too serious.
There were even claims that the forward could be in contention to face the Eagles on Saturday despite the procedure, but Stoke are unlikely to risk him so soon after treatment.
Walters took to Twitter to reveal the news, and at the same time used the opportunity to make a playful reference to former team-mate Robert Huth, currently on loan at Leicester from Stoke for the rest of the season.
He tweeted: “Operation 2day. Asked if the surgeon can do a chin implant with a welly concurrently to be more like u @robert_huth …Just for Mrs Walters.”
Walters has been a key player for the Potters this season, scoring 10 goals in all competitions for Hughes’ side, so the boss will be hoping he will not be out for too long, although he also has Peter Crouch and Mame Biram Diouf as his frontline options.
Stoke, who are hoping for a top-10 finish in the Premier League this season, are 2.10 to beat Palace this weekend. The Eagles are 3.50 and the draw is 23/10.
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