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Stephen Ireland offered new deal by Stoke as he continues rehabilitation

The midfielder has been out of action since suffering a double leg break last year.

Stephen Ireland made 13 appearances for Stoke last season.
Stephen Ireland made 13 appearances for Stoke last season.
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STEPHEN IRELAND HAS been offered a new contract by Stoke, the club have confirmed.

The midfielder, who turns 31 in August, had faced an uncertain future, having suffered a double leg break in training in May 2016.

The Cork native has not played for Stoke since and is currently undergoing rehabilitation on his injury.

After a promising start to his career at Man City, Ireland fell out of favour at Eastlands. He joined Aston Villa in 2010, making 47 Premier League appearances in three seasons there before joining Stoke in 2014 after a successful loan spell with the club.

Ireland has made 55 Premier League appearances in total for the Potters, linking up with his former Man City boss Mark Hughes, though he had struggled to get first-team action before his injury.

In the 2015-16 campaign, he played 13 Premier League games, though all of these appearances were as a substitute.

Stoke also announced today that Irish goalkeeping legend Shay Given is set to be released by the club.

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