Stephen Ireland has signed a six-month contract extension at Stoke.
The former Ireland international missed most of last season due to a double-leg break sustained in April 2016, but it appears that he is still inÂ manager Mark Hughes’ plans at the bet365 Stadium.
â€œStephen has been forced to put his career on hold after suffering a very serious injury in training through no fault of his own,”Â tokeâ€™s Chief Executive Tony Scholes said.
â€œHeâ€™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.
â€œStephen 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.â€
The 30 year old – who won six international caps before his controversial international retirement -Â joined the Potters permanently in 2014 after a loan spell, and has made 55 Premier League appearances for the club since then.
Ireland was crowned the Manchester City Player of the Year in 2009, but joined Aston Villa a year later, where he made 47 Premier League appearances in three seasons.