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Stoke winger Marko Arnautovic suffers suspected knee injury

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Marko Arnautovic suffered a knee injury in Stoke's first pre-season match

Stoke winger Marko Arnautovic could face a spell on the sidelines with a suspected knee injury - just hours after handing in a transfer request.

Sky Sports News HQ revealed on Monday that the 28-year-old had expressed a desire to leave the Potters and was the subject of a £15m bid from Premier League rivals West Ham.

Stoke rejected the offer from Hammers and, despite the uncertainty surrounding his future, Arnautovic started the club's pre-season victory over Swiss side Neuchatel Xamax.

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But Arnautovic was forced off shortly before half-time after falling awkwardly in the penalty area when attempting to complete a cross.

The Austria international received medical treatment on the pitch and was assisted off by the Stoke physio.

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West Ham had been expected to return with an improved offer, but may be forced to look elsewhere if Arnautovic has sustained a serious injury.

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