Stoke Metropolis sweating on Mikel’s health forward of Wycombe Wanderers journey
The previous Nigeria captain was pressured off with a calf tightness in Saturday’s Championship outing at Sheffield Wednesday
Stoke Metropolis supervisor Michael O’Neill is but to determine if John Obi Mikel might be out there for his or her Championship journey to Wycombe Wanderers on Wednesday.
Mikel left Hillsborough on Saturday with a tightness round his calf and he was changed by Jordan Cousins within the 76th minute.
It was the primary time the previous Chelsea midfielder was substituted in a sport this season and he might now miss his first sport of the season on Wednesday.
The 33-year-old has performed each minute of Stoke Metropolis’s matches to date this season previous to Saturday’s goalless draw in opposition to Sheffield Wednesday and he has been the Potters’ stand-in captain since September because of an damage to Ryan Shawcross.
Mikel’s damage is now a fear for O’Neill who has a handful of gamers on the sidelines.
“John got here off on Saturday and we’ll assess him at the moment, however he’s an excessive doubt for the sport tomorrow,” O’Neill informed the membership web site.
“Not one of the different injured gamers are capable of return at this minute in time.
“We’re nonetheless with out each goalkeepers, Joe [Alle], Jordan Thompson and Steven Fletcher.
“We’re down a couple of our bodies, there isn’t any doubt about that, however it can give alternatives for others to return in.”
Having suffered a defeat and a draw of their final two matches, Stoke Metropolis, who’re positioned eighth within the Championship, will purpose to compound Wycombe Wanderers’ woes within the relegation zone.
In the meantime, supervisor O’Neill confirmed that captain Ryan Shawcross and teenager Thibaud Verlinden can be a part of his matchday squad on Wednesday after they performed 70 minutes for the U23s in opposition to Crystal Palace U23 on Monday night time.
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