Date: 1st July 2017 at 8:13pm
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Stoke City have confirmed that on Saturday midfielder Stephen Ireland signed a short term contract extension to his existing deal as he continues to rehabilitate from the broken leg he suffered during training last April.

His existing deal actually expired on Saturday when July 1 hit the calendars but Stoke offered a further six month deal to allow the 30 year old the opportunity to regain full fitness and then fight for a further extension.

Speaking to the Official Website chief executive Tony Scholes explained.

‘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`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.’

Scholes added.

‘Stephen is grateful for the support we have shown him and we look forward to hopefully seeing him pull on a Stoke City shirt again in the near future.’

Having joined Stoke back in 2013 initially on a loan deal from Aston Villa, he completed his permanent switch during the January 2014 transfer window.

So far he has made more than 60 league and cup appearances for the club.

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