Stoke City midfielder Stephen Ireland sidelined for two weeks

Stoke City manager Mark Hughes confirms that midfielder Stephen Ireland will be out of action for two weeks with a chest injury.

Stoke City manager Mark Hughes has confirmed that Stephen Ireland will be sidelined for two weeks with a chest injury.

The 28-year-old midfielder recently pulled a muscle in his rib cage during a training session.

The Potters return to action on Sunday when they travel to Hull City in the Premier League.

"It's a disappointment to us because he is a good player and somebody we would prefer to have available to us," Hughes is quoted as saying by Sky Sports News.

"It looks like he will be out for a couple of weeks at least, or until the pain has gone to allow him to move around the pitch comfortably."

Stoke started their Premier League campaign last weekend with a 1-0 defeat at home to Aston Villa.

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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