Injury blow for Hoefkens
By Carla Hilton
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Carl Hoefkens may miss the rest of the season with a suspected broken foot.
Stoke defender Carl Hoefkens had received a massive blow in that he may miss the rest of the season with a suspected broken foot.
The 28-year-old Belgium international sustained the injury in the 4-0 defeat to Portugal on Saturday and will have a scan to determine the extent of the damage.
The news is part of a double blow to Potters boss Tony Pulis who will also be without Northern Ireland Under-21 forward Martin Paterson for the next few weeks after he picked up a hamstring injury whilst on International duty.
Pulis told the Stoke Sentinel: "He's (Hoefkens) come back with a bad looking injury.
"We're hoping we are wrong, but at the moment we are fearing the worst.
"A scan he had taken after the match suggests there is a break, but we're having our own scans done to confirm this.
"Either way, we can forget about him for the game against Leicester on Saturday. And if it is a fracture, then I can't see him playing again this season."