Stoke City's Glenn Whelan out for six weeks with broken leg

Germany's forward Lukas Podolski and Ireland 's Glenn Whelan vie for the ball during the UEFA Euro 2016 Group D qualifying football match Germany vs Republic of Ireland in Gelsenkirchen, western Germany on October 14, 2014
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Stoke City midfielder Glenn Whelan is ruled out for up to six weeks with a broken leg.

Stoke City manager Mark Hughes has confirmed that midfielder Glenn Whelan could be out of action for six weeks with a broken leg.

The 30-year-old suffered the "slight fracture" during the Republic of Ireland's 1-1 draw with Germany in their Euro 2016 qualifier earlier this month.

In this afternoon's press conference, Hughes told reporters: "Glenn unfortunately has a fracture in his leg. He picked it up in the international game. There is a slight fracture, but he hasn't been put into a plaster cast.

"We feel that he can come back sooner by avoiding that. It is a blow for him and it is a blow for us because we are likely to be without him for four to six weeks. It is disappointing but thankfully we have options in there."

Whelan played no part in the Potters' 2-1 victory over Swansea City last weekend.

Peter Crouch of Stoke City celebrates with team-mates after scoring the opening goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Stoke City and Newcastle United at Britannia Stadium on September 29, 2014
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