Hill blow for Stoke
By Alex Dunn
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Stoke defender Clint Hill requires major surgery on a knee injury.Stoke defender Clint Hill has been handed a major blow with the news that he faces a prolonged spell on the sidelines because of a knee injury.
The former Oldham and Tranmere stopper has recently been voted Stoke's Player of the Year but has now been told he requires major surgery.
After suffering damage to his cruciate ligament, Hill needs anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction to resolve the problem.
It is is expected that he will go under the knife once he returns from honeymoon in late June - with a period of between six and ninth months required for rehabilitation.
Meanwhile, Stoke boss Tony Pulis has told on-loan striker Michael Ricketts that he will not be pursuing his services for next year.
The one-time England cap failed to impress sufficiently to be offered a deal by Stoke, having been informed that he is surplus to requirements at Leeds.
However, Pulis is predicting a busy summer of transfer activity, with Southampton striker Kenwyne Jones a reported target.
"It will be a busy summer, specifically because of the August window,'' Pulis told the club's official website.
''We have to look to get players in as quickly as possible and we are trying to do that.
"The most important thing is to try and get the right players in at the right price.''