Stoke City today received the worst news possible where defender Danny Higginbotham is concerned when it was confirmed that the 32 year old could be out for about 6 months with an injury to his knee inflicted when playing against Chelsea in the 1-1 draw on Saturday.
Higginbotham was instrumental in guiding Stoke to the semi-final, to be played against Bolton at Wembley, but will now miss the chance of making any impact to lead the team to the final.
Stoke City manager Tony Pulis is possibly just as bereaved as Higginbotham stating in The Sentinel.
“It’s a rupture and I’m devastated for the kid. He’s been such a great servant to the club and is so popular with the fans, and with good reason.It’s a big blow for the team because Danny had just come back into the side and was doing so well.”
The Stoke City manager continued.
“He’s been such a great servant to the club and is so popular with the fans, and with good reason. With the back end to the season we’ve got coming up, it’s a really depressing thing to happen.”
With such a long lay off there were initial fears that the defender would miss the start of next season but Pulis feels he will be back in time.
“Hopefully, he will be back training by the back end of pre-season in the summer, but it’s hard to be precise right now. But we look after our own at this football club, so once he gets over the shock of the injury, Danny knows he will be getting the best possible care and treatment.”
Stoke City remain six points above the relegation zone on 38 points.