Stoke croaked in defense before the match against Chelsea


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Stoke City manager Mark Hughes faces serious defense staffing problems before Chelsea`s Champions League visit to the Premier League on Saturday. Captain Ryan Shawkros suffered a calf injury and left forced after more than half an hour of yesterday`s 1:1 draw against Huddersfield in the championship, while Kurt Zuma could not play for a contract clause in his London lease deal. Bruno Martins Indian still has not recovered from the injury suffered by the Adductors, for which he missed the last five matches adviced by partners draw predictions of the team. `We currently have problems in defense, we do not have strong enough players and Bruno needs another two and a half weeks, Shawcros and Zuma will also not be available against Chelsea, ` Hughes said. He hopes to use right-wing defender Eric Pieters, who was injured in mid-December in a 0-0 loss by West Ham and missed the last two of his teams. Stoke, who is 13th in the league, has the weakest Premier League defense in the season so far with 41 goals in 20 games.

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