Updates from Thursday, Sept. 4
Peter Odemwingie will undergo surgery on the knee injury picked up against Manchester City, and faces a lengthy spell on the sidelines.
Stoke boss Mark Hughes told the club's official website:
It’s a significant injury and unfortunately it’s a long-term one but Peter has a great attitude to work and life in general – he’s always got a smile on his face – and he’s going to need those qualities. It will be a long road back but we wish him well.
We’ll miss Peter around the place. He’ll do his rehab here so we’ll see him in the dressing rooms and around the building but we’ll really miss him out on the training field where he’s a big character."
Stoke City's 2014-15 Premier League season took a turn for the worse on Saturday, as Peter Odemwingie was forced to leave the pitch against defending champions Manchester City with an apparent knee injury.
The forward had only entered the match at half-time himself but came down awkwardly after launching a cross just after the hour mark, buckling his knee, as reported by FOX Soccer Trax:
BIG CHANCE! Diouf with a miss off Odemwingie's pass, and now Odemwingie is down with a knee injury. 0-1— FOX Soccer Trax (@FOXSoccerTrax) August 30, 2014
The Nigerian couldn't continue and was replaced by Charlie Adam, via the Potters' Twitter feed:
64) Stoke City sub: Peter Odemwingie OFF, Charlie Adam ON.— Stoke City FC (@stokecity) August 30, 2014
Odemwingie's needed a stretcher to leave the pitch and appeared to be in obvious pain, and while it's too early to make any definitive conclusions, it's likely he won't be seeing the pitch anytime soon.
The veteran attacker was dropped from the starting XI to make room for Victor Moses, making his Premier League debut for his new club. While the Potters have strength in numbers, it will be hard to replicate Odemwingie's drive and attacking mentality with any of the players currently on the bench.