Cup woe for Higginbotham
Danny Higginbotham will miss Stoke's FA Cup semi-final against Bolton after being ruled out for six months with a knee injury.
Last Updated: 05/04/11 10:17am
Danny Higginbotham will miss Stoke City's FA Cup semi-final against Bolton Wanderers after being ruled out for six months with a knee injury.
The defender suffered the injury towards the end of Saturday's 1-1 draw with Chelsea and scans have shown a ruptured ligament.
Higginbotham is expected to be sidelined into next season and the injury has dashed the 32-year-old's hopes of making an appearance at Wembley.
Stoke face Bolton in the last four of the cup later this month and manager Tony Pulis admits he is 'devastated' for Higginbotham.
"It's a rupture and I'm devastated for the kid," Pulis told The Sentinel.
"It's a big blow for the team because Danny had just come back into the side and was doing so well.
"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.
"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."