Brek Shea returned to Stoke City’s preseason tour of the US after scoring the Gold Cup winning goal on Sunday. Shea was thrust into the starting lineup tonight in a friendly against the Philadelphia Union and scored a goal, but had his night cut short after picking up a knee injury after a bad tackle by Matt Kassel. And it sounds like he could possibly miss some time in the near future, although more won’t be known until he undergoes an MRI on Wednesday.
The tackle occurred in the 27th minute, just eight minutes after Shea scored a pretty toe-poke goal on a cross from Michael Kightly. Shea limped off the field and told reporters after the game, while on crutches, that he had sustained an injury to his left knee.
“Obviously I’m pretty upset right now,” said Shea, who had just met up with his Stoke City teammates Monday after spending a couple of weeks with the US national team. “I was excited to get back to Stoke and get ready for the season. Hopefully it’s not as bad as it feels.”
Shea said he’d know more on Wednesday after he undergoes an MRI. But Hughes wasted no time predicting that Shea would be out “for a number of weeks at least,” while blasting Kassel for violating the code of an international friendly.
“It was a nasty injury,” Hughes said. “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,” the Stoke City manager added. “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.”