Mar 23, 2014 at 4pm UK at ​Villa Park
Aston Villa
1-4
StokeStoke City
Benteke (5')
El Ahmadi (8'), Benteke (52'), Albrighton (73'), Bacuna (80'), Baker (82')
FT(HT: 1-3)
Odemwingie (22'), Crouch (26'), Nzonzi (42'), Cameron (90')
Palacios (24')

Stephen Ireland to miss Aston Villa match

Stephen Ireland of Stoke City reacts after having a goal ruled out for offside during the Barclays Premier League match against Hull City on December 14, 2013
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Stoke City midfielder Stephen Ireland will miss Saturday's match with Aston Villa due to a clause in his contract.

Stoke City midfielder Stephen Ireland has been ruled out of his club's trip to Aston Villa due to a clause in his contract at the Britannia Stadium.

Ireland joined the Potters on a season-long loan deal from Villa at the start of the season before that was turned into a permanent transfer during the January transfer window.

It had been thought that the 27-year-old would be eligible to feature at his former club, but it has now been revealed that the former Manchester City man must sit out the derby fixture due to an agreement between the two teams.

Stoke are currently in talks with Ireland about extending his deal past the end of the season.

Marko Arnautovic of Stoke City beats Kevin Nolan, James Tomkins and Guy Demel of West Ham United to score their second goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Stoke City and West Ham United at Britannia Stadium on March 15, 2014
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