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STOKE V GILLING­HAM 7PM

- DAVE ARMITAGE Sports · Soccer · Stoke City F.C. · Joe Allen

WALES star Joe Allen’s bat­tle to re­cover from Achilles ten­don surgery dur­ing the Covid lock­down could have been worse, says Stoke man­ager Michael O’Neill. The mid­fielder rup­tured his Achilles ten­don in what proved to be Stoke’s last game be­fore foot­ball stopped and he is still bat­tling back af­ter six months. But O’Neill, pre­par­ing his side for tonight’s Carabao Cup clash with Gilling­ham, said: “I sup­pose the one thing you can say about it is, he’s missed less foot­ball.”

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