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Stephen James Ireland | Midfielder | #7

Team: Stoke City
Age / DOB:  (32) / 8/22/1986
Ht / Wt:  5'8" / 148

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Stephen Ireland has signed a new short-term contract as he continues his recovery from a broken leg.
Chief Executive Tony Scholes confirmed the 30-year-old penned a six-month deal on Friday: "Stephen has been forced to put his career on hold after suffering a very serious injury in training through no fault of his own," he said. "He's working incredibly hard to get himself back to full fitness and we felt that it was only right to offer him a short-term contract to give him peace of mind while he continues with that process." Ireland arrived at the Bet365 Stadium from Aston Villa back in 2013, initially on-loan, before the move was made permanent after a successful first season at the club. However, injuries hampered his progress throughout 2014/15 and his last league start for the club was in April 2015. Mark Hughes confirmed Ireland suffered a double [leg] fracture which was expected to keep him out for between 8-9 months but he has already missed over a year with no definitive timeline for his return. Sat, Jul 1, 2017 05:07:00 PM

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