Injury worries may force Stoke to deal
By Alex Livie
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The club initially thought Handyside had merely bruised his foot during the game with Huddersfield at the end of last year, but X-rays have confirmed a small break.
Stoke physio Chris Moseley: "We initially thought Peter had suffered only bad bruising, especially after X-rays were clear.
"But a more detailed second scan, which involves injecting dye into the veins to give a precise picture, has shown a small fracture on the inside of the foot.
"It won't need to go in plaster, but even so it will take around four to six weeks to heal before he can play again."
Handyside joins fellow defender Brynjar Gunnarsson (pictured) on the sidelines, as he suffered an identical injury in the same game.
"These injuries normally take six weeks at the earliest to heal," Moseley said about Gunnarsson.
This has prompted director of football John Rudge to confirm they will look into the possibility of adding to their squad.
When asked about the possibility of a loan signing, Rudge told the club`s official website: "At the moment, that seems the most sensible solution - if we can find the right player.
"With people like Peter Handyside, Petur Marteinsson and Brynjar Gunnarsson out for a while we need extra cover for the next few weeks.
"We are looking for a centre back to take on loan right now. Hopefully, someone with a bit of experience or maybe someone younger who has played at a higher level."