Mamady Sidibe faces lengthy injury absence


Stoke City Mamady Sidibe could miss the remainder of the season after suffering a suspected snapped Achilles tendon in the 2-1 home defeat by Tottenham Hotspur.

The 30-year-old Mali international missed a large part of last season due to a serious knee problem and now faces another lengthy absence if a snapped Achilles is confirmed.

Boss Tony Pulis told the club's official website:"It's a cruel blow for Mama because it appears he has snapped his Achilles.

"The medical staff have told me that it doesn't look good for him, although we will have to wait for confirmation from the scan that he will have on the injury.

"If that is the damage though, he will be lucky to play again this season, and that's a big setback for us."

Meanwhile, Pulis felt that his side had been unlucky to suffer a second successive defeat, adding:"I thought we stood off Spurs in the first half, we didn't get close enough to them and they punished us for not doing that.

"But we pushed on after the break and we looked like the only team who were going to score for much of the half."

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