Stoke City's Malian striker Mamady Sidibe has been ruled out for the rest of the season after rupturing his Achilles tendon for the second time in six months, coach Tony Pulis revealed today.
Sidibe, 31, was on the verge of a comeback from a previous Achilles problem when he broke down in training on Thursday.
"It's the same ankle but higher up on the tendon this time," Pulis told the Premier League club's website. "It's wretched luck for the lad, who has had more than his fair share of injury setbacks over the past two years.
"But there is no reason why he can't battle his way back to full fitness. I know he has the determination and dedication to do it, and we will give him all the support that he needs.
"He would definitely have played some part in the second half of our season and he was very close to being ready for inclusion in the squad so this is a massive blow for him and us."
Sidibe, who arrived from Gillingham in 2005, has suffered a number of injury setbacks during his time at the Britannia Stadium.