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Hughes Hoping Bojan Scare Isn't Serious


MARK HUGHES is hoping Bojan’s injury scare proves nothing more than just that after he limped off during the second half of Saturday’s pre-season friendly against RB Leipzig.

The Spanish maestro impressed alongside Saido Berahino and Xherdan Shaqiri in a front three, but was unfortunately withdrawn shortly after the hour mark after picking up a knock.

Despite his withdrawal the Potters went on to claim a hugely impressive triumph at the Red Bull Arena, although the Welshman admits the victory will be tainted somewhat should the former Barcelona man face a spell on the sidelines.

“We’ve been very good with injuries during pre-season, especially considering the amount of games we have played," Hughes told the press following the game.

"Understandably it would be really disappointing if we were to lose somebody so late on in pre-season, so we are keeping our fingers crossed."

“It might me just a kick to the calf that has stiffened up, that is what we are hoping is the case anyway. He felt it and we had no option but to take him off."

He added: “We will see how he is in 24 hours time and then we will have a better idea of what the injury is - at the moment though we are hoping that it isn’t anything too serious.”