Stoke midfielder Ireland breaks leg in training

Stephen Ireland suffered a leg break in training and the Stoke City midfielder will undergo surgery on the issue.

Stoke City midfielder Stephen Ireland is set for an "extended spell" on the sidelines after suffering a broken leg in training on Tuesday.

The Premier League club confirmed the news, but did not put a timescale on a recovery, with the 29-year-old set to undergo surgery.

A Stoke statement read: "Stoke City can confirm that Stephen Ireland has sustained a broken leg in training this morning and is now facing an extended spell on the sidelines.

"The club wishes Stephen a speedy recovery and will offer him all the support he requires as he undergoes his rehabilitation."

Ireland's injury marks a further blow to Stoke after Ibrahim Afellay sustained cruciate ligament damage in a knee in April and was ruled out for nine months.