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Delap reveals shoulder concerns

Rory Delap
Delap's throws have led to seven Stoke goals this season

Stoke City midfielder Rory Delap has been undergoing pain-killing injections to his shoulder to allow him to continue to play for the Potters.

Delap has been having the jabs before games and at half-time to allow him to take his famous long throw-ins.

"I fell on it earlier on in the season and thought I had sorted the problem, but I fell again and aggravated the injury," he told BBC Radio Stoke.

"I've been able to play because I've been having injections."

The 32-year-old has now had a further injection in a bid to provide a lasting cure for the injury.

"The injections I've been having on match-days numb the shoulder and it's felt ok to play on," said Delap.

"But the situation will only get worse so we came to decision to sort it out and that's why I had the further injection."

The Republic of Ireland international left the Stoke training ground with his arm in a sling on Tuesday, but thinks he will be fit for Saturday's clash with Fulham.

"Hopefully in the next couple of days the problem will settle down and I'll be able to start training again," said Delap.

"I'm hopeful of being able to train on Thursday which would mean I'm available for the weekend."

There's a few lads in the team who can throw it a long way

Rory Delap
Delap was substituted during Saturday's 2-2 draw with Newcastle and saw defender Ibrahima Sonko prove himself to be an able deputy when it comes to hurling the ball into the penalty-box.

The former Southampton, Derby and Sunderland man said that the Potters have other throw-in takers should he face a spell on the sidelines.

"Sonks has got a decent throw on him, so it's good if he can use it, but there's a few lads in the team who can throw it a long way," said Delap.

"Danny Higginbotham, Carl Dickinson and Andy Wilkinson have got good throws, so there's plenty who can do it."



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see also
Interview - Rory Delap
06 Dec 08 |  Football Focus
Newcastle 2-2 Stoke
06 Dec 08 |  Premier League


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