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Last Updated: Thursday, 4 December, 2003, 15:05 GMT
Stoke suffer Hill heartache
Stoke City defender Clint Hill
Hill has suffered an injury-ravaged time at Stoke
Stoke City will be without influential defender Clint Hill for six weeks as he has an ankle problem.

Hill is set to undergo surgery on Thursday to solve his long-standing injury that began when he broke down during pre-season.

The 25-year-old recovered to play in Stoke's last eight league games, but a recent scan has showed he needs an operation and Potters boss Tony Pulis must now do without his services.

"Although Clint has been playing he has been struggling and we have identified a little spur of bone around the ankle joint which needs to be removed," said Pulis.

"He is going to have surgery immediately and at the moment we are looking at up to six weeks before he will be ready to play again," he told Stoke's official website.

Hill joined the Division One side from Oldham in July for 120,000.

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