Thomas has today had a scan on the Achilles injury he suffered during Stoke City’s New Year’s Day match against Everton in the Premier League. The news appears to be positive, with Thomas stating that no serious damage was revealed, and it is believed that the injury was simply a recurrence of a problem which Thomas had been struggling with towards the end of last season and that Thomas’ decision to withdraw from the match at half time could well have spared him a more lengthy lay-off. With 10 days before Stoke’s next Premier League match (against Liverpool at the Britannia Stadium, Sunday January 12th) and Stoke’s regular first choice goalkeeper Asmir Begovic still sidelined with a broken finger, there is hope that Thomas could still recover in time to start for the Potters and may perhaps even be fit enough to make the bench for Stoke’s FA Cup tie with Leicester this Saturday, where Jack Butland is expected to make his full Stoke debut. Butland has sent Thomas his best wishes via Twitter, whilst also celebrating making his Stoke debut, and I’m sure all Sorensen Daily readers wish him all the best of luck as he takes over as Stoke’s cup ‘keeper in Thomas and Begovic’s absence. I’d also like to add the very best of wishes for Thomas himself - may he make a speedy recovery and return to Premier League action very soon, as we all know it is an opportunity he has been waiting for a long time now and is something he deserves to enjoy ahead of Begovic’s recovery.
Speaking after to The Sentinel after the match yesterday, Thomas said: “I felt [the Achilles] go on a through-ball. I sprinted off the line and felt a pain. It felt like a recurrence of an injury I suffered towards the end of last season and it’s painful. I tried to play on, but by half-time I couldn’t put any weight on my right leg, so there was no way I could continue. I have to let it settle down and then I’ll have a scan. We will have to see. From past experience I know it can be pretty tricky to treat.”
At the time of Thomas’ departure from the pitch, Stoke were holding Everton to a 0-0, however the Potters went on to take the lead in the game through Assaidi and were on course to win the game until an injury-time penalty saw Everton equalise: “The display from everyone was superb after two tough results. It was always going to be a hard game, but we showed we were well up for it. It was a bit of a soft penalty to give away and a it was a heartbreaker to see the win slip through our fingers. But we have to take the positives and move on. As long as we keep picking up points, that’s the most important thing. It was a massive change from when we played Everton a couple of months ago [where Stoke were deservedly beaten 4-0] and we were the stronger team. We worked hard and almost pulled off a very good win.”
Should Thomas not be fit in time for both Cup and League action, Stoke manager Mark Hughes will be expected to bring 19 year-old Austrian ‘keeper Daniel Bachmann, who has this season been training and travelling with the first team in order to gain experience, into his matchday squad.