Stoke City: Crouch struck down by virus
STOKE fans have been assured record signing Peter Crouch is not suffering from any serious illness after he was forced to miss his second game in a week.
Crouch, who first aroused fears over his health when visiting hospital a week ago for checks due to headaches, cried off from last night's goalless draw against Aston Villa with what is being described as a virus.
The unspecified virus is linked to the headaches afflicting him, but the club insists there is no underlying illness being kept hidden from supporters.
Assistant manager Dave Kemp explained: "He's got a virus and he's still not well. We thought he was improving and he was in the training ground before Christmas, so we were hopeful for this game. But apparently he woke up and wasn't feeling good.
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"It's a virus, but I'm not a doctor, so I'm not sure which virus it is. It's a bug going around and he's got it. He will just have to try to sweat it out and hopefully he'll be better by Saturday."
Crouch, a £10m signing, missed a game of few chances last night in which Stoke came closest when Marc Wilson headed against the underside of the bar to re-ignite the goal-line technology debate.
"I was shouting 'goal' when he headed it as it was such a great chance," said Kemp. "But the crowd's reaction maybe said to me that it wasn't over the line.
"I haven't seen the incident since, but I think it (goal-line technology) would help the game. I think it could be used quickly, effectively and would be a plus for the game.
"We have a fourth official and it wouldn't take two seconds for him to look at it."
Ricardo Fuller was missing from the substitutes' bench last night after picking up a minor ankle injury in training, while midfielder Glenn Whelan remains under treatment for the calf injury sustained at Wolves 10 days ago.
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