UPDATED 01:52 18th August 2014 A hugely popular figure with the Stoke City supporters, Huth suffered somewhat of a disappointing 2013/14 season after a knee injury at the end of November saw him miss the reast of the campaign, despite his efforts to return at quickly as possible. The German international, who has been capped 19 times by his country, has developed a mutually appreciative relationship with the Club’s fans since his £5m move from Middlesbrough in the summer of 2009 as well as an equally important central defensive partnership with Ryan Shawcross. His rock-solid combination with captain Shawcross at the heart of City’s back four has been the foundation for the Club’s continued success in the Premier League. Despite representing the country of his birth, Huth has played his entire professional career in England since joining Chelsea’s youth Academy from Union Berlin in 2001. He enjoyed a memorable five-year stint at Stamford Bridge despite making only 43 first-team appearances, with most of those coming under Claudio Ranieri before José Mourinho saw fit to use the defender as an emergency striker. Huth completed a £6m transfer to Middlesbrough after the 2006 World Cup, where he joined up with future Potters team-mate Jonathan Woodgate. Following the Teesiders’ relegation from the Premier League at the end of the 2008-09 campaign, Huth upped sticks to the Potteries in late August, along with Boro team-mate Tuncay. While the latter’s stint at the Club was short-lived, Huth has gone on to firmly establish himself in as a consistent performer and will be hoping to overcome his injury trouble for the start of the 2014-2015 season.