Rory Delap’s shoulder is knackered / Stoke’s tactics are knackered

Posted by - December 11, 2008 - Stoke City

Erm, do we have a Plan B boss?

I believe it was BBC blogger Robbo who cleverly coined Rory Delap’s long-throw the Delapidator. But while his launches into the penalty area may leave opposition defences in ruin, it seems they have the same effect on his shoulder.

The midfielder/touchline roamer has revealed he has been taking pain-killing injections in his shoulder to get through games. He said: “I fell on it earlier on in the season and thought I had sorted the problem, but I fell again and aggravated the injury. I’ve been able to play because I’ve been having injections.”

The Republic of Ireland international is a doubt for Saturday’s match against Fulham, but it seems Stoke’s backup plan is more long throws. Delap continued: “Sonks [Ibrahima Sonko] has got a decent throw on him, so it’s good if he can use it, but there’s a few lads in the team who can throw it a long way. Danny Higginbotham, Carl Dickinson and Andy Wilkinson have got good throws, so there’s plenty who can do it.”