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Shoulder problem concerns Delap

Rory Delap
Versatile Delap joined Stoke from Sunderland in 2006

Stoke City throw-in specialist Rory Delap has said the latest injection in his shoulder is the final opportunity to cure his long-standing injury.

Delap had a further jab on Monday, after last week's cortisone injection failed to solve the problem.

The 32-year-old told BBC Radio Stoke: "The injection I had on Monday is the last chance because I've had them all.

"The doctor said that if it works I shouldn't be able to feel anything, so hopefully it will work."

The Republic of Ireland international had been having injections before games and during half-time intervals in order to continue playing for the Potters after falling and injuring his right shoulder.

Delap was in obvious pain when his only attempt to take a throw-in during Saturday's goalless draw with Fulham travelled just a few yards.

After being substituted mid-way through the second half, Delap watched the rest of the game from the bench with ice applied to the injured area.

"My shoulder was heavily strapped, so that restricted my movement," said Delap.

"But if it hadn't have been strapped I wouldn't have been able to play.

"It definitely affected me. It was hurting when I was running and it was in my head that I could get hurt if I fell over," he added.

Seven of Stoke's 17 Premier League goals this season have come as a result of Delap's long throw-ins.

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