Geoff Cameron Injury: Updates on Stoke City Defender's Status and Return

Gianni VerschuerenFeatured ColumnistAugust 27, 2014

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Updates from Sunday, Oct. 19

Stoke City confirm Geoff Cameron is fit to play today if needed:


Updates from Monday, Oct. 6

Geoff Cameron is ready to return to action for Stoke after the international break.

The defender tweeted: 


Updates from Thursday, Sept. 25

Pro Soccer Talk's Joe Prince-Wright has an encouraging update on Cameron's status:

Since undergoing hernia surgery Geoff Cameron has successful surgery; what’s next at Stoke for US star?" href="" target="_blank">following an injury in Stoke City’s League Cup game against Portsmouth on August 27, Cameron has been out injured. However, ProSoccerTalk can confirm that Cameron is scheduled to return to full training with the Potters on Friday.

Stoke’s upcoming game against Newcastle next Monday (Watch live on NBCSN, 3 p.m. ET and online via Live Extra) may come too soon for Cameron, but he is expected to be ready to play against Sunderland on Oct. 4.


Updates from Wednesday, Sept. 10

BBC Sport report Geoff Cameron will undergo surgery:


Updates from Thursday, Aug. 28 passed along an update on Geoff Cameron's status:


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Stoke City's bid to qualify for the third round of the 2014-15 Capital One Cup became a little harder when U.S. International Geoff Cameron was forced to leave the pitch with an injury against Portsmouth on Wednesday, just before the end of the first half.   

The club's official Twitter account announced the news:

The 29-year-old was given a surprise start against Portsmouth, and as shared by Goal's Ives Galarcep, Stoke likely made the decision with an eye on a potential transfer:

A natural fit in defence, he was shifted one row further forward and left a solid impression against Portsmouth, as his team took the lead in the 16th minute through Jonathan Walters.

Cameron appeared to pull a muscle just before the half and signaled to the sidelines he would be unable to continue, eventually being replaced by Steven Sidwell.

STOKE ON TRENT, ENGLAND - APRIL 26:  Stoke City manager Mark Hughes shows his frustrations as he speaks to his player Geoff Cameron during the Barclays Premier League match between Stoke City and Tottenham Hotspur at the Britannia Stadium on April 26, 201
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He was frequently mentioned as a transfer target for a host of clubs in the past weeks, as he struggled to secure a spot in Stoke's starting XI. According to the Daily Mirror's Ed Malyon, the player himself was also keen on a move.

While it's unclear whether or not Cameron's injury is serious at this point, one can assume the defender would have powered through the pain if he could, knowing a potential transfer could depend on his performance against Portsmouth.

Any long-term injury would almost certainly ruin his chances of securing a move before the end of the 2014 summer window, and with few opportunities available for him in Stoke's starting XI, Cameron could find the market for his services drying up quickly.