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Stoke set to delay Sidibe surgery

Mamady Sidibe
Sidibe joined Stoke from Gillingham in June 2005

Stoke City striker Mamady Sidibe will wait until the summer before having an operation on a cruciate ligament injury, reports BBC Radio Stoke.

The 29-year-old suffered the injury prior to a reserve match at Aston Villa on 23 March.

Surgery to cure the problem would rule the Mali international out of action for at least six months.

Sidibe was out of action for three months earlier this season with another knee injury.

Club officials are keen to delay an operation, in case the former Gillingham man is needed to play a part in Stoke's final eight games.

Sidibe has scored four goals in 24 appearances for the Potters this season.

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