Brek Shea has been in tantalising form in pre-season, he’s certainly been looking like the player that we have been expecting to see. Scoring the goal that won the USA the CONCACAF Gold Cup has certainly put him onto a larger scale over the last few days, however, in a friendly match against Philadelphia Union, the ecstasy has turned into agony for USA fans, and Stoke fans.
The Potters beat Philadelphia Union 2-0 in their latest friendly, and after scoring Stoke’s second goal, Shea was tackled by fellow American Matt Kassel and instantly taken off the pitch. Early signs of the injury are potential knee ligament damage, however we won’t know what the damage is until Shea completes his MRI scan which is later on today. All that has come out of the Stoke camp at the moment is a quote from new boss Mark Hughes, saying that Shea is expected to be out of action for ‘a number of weeks at least’.
Boss Mark Hughes instantly realised the potential damage this could cause to the start of Stoke’s season, losing arguably their best winger. In another interview that Hughes has made, he was obviously absolutely livid; “It was a nasty injury, It looks like some damage to the ligaments in his knee. He`s going to be scanned. I thought it was a very, very poor challenge by the boy. What the hell was he was thinking of, I have no idea. It`s a friendly game, you need to protect your fellow professional, and I don`t think the guy did that. I don`t know who he was. Maybe he was trying to make a name for himself, I don`t know. He went the wrong way about it.”
Shea on the other hand has accepted what has happened, and has played the tackle down; “He was going for the ball, I tried to put my body in front of his and it`s soccer. Tackles happen – good and bad. I`ve done worse to other people. I`m not mad at all. When I was walking off, he apologised, and I said, ‘s**t happens.`”
As soon as we have an update on the MRI scan, we will let you know.