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Bojan injury could pave the way for Potters old boy to return

| 28.01.2015

Stoke manager Mark Hughes is reportedly mulling over a bid to bring a former Potters striker back to the Britannia Stadium.

After learning that Bojan will miss the remainder of the season after picking up a knee injury in the FA Cup win over Rochdale, Hughes is keen to recruit attacking reinforcements and Cardiff’s Kenwyne Jones is said to be near the top of his wish list.

The Trinidad and Tobago international has struggled to set the Premier League alight in the past, having run out for Southampton, Sunderland, Stoke and the Bluebirds.

His scoring record during that spell left a lot to be desired, only once hitting double figures, but after firing 12 goals in just 24 games so far this season Hughes feels the 30-year-old looks to have finally found his groove.

Cardiff manager Russell Slade is reluctant to let his star striker leave but with cutting the wage bill on his list of tasks and Jones one of the club’s top earners, an offer from Stoke could be too good to turn down.

With Bojan injured, Hughes has just Mame Biram Diouf, Peter Crouch and Jonathan Walters as reliable strikers, with Peter Odemwingie restricted to just two appearances this term and Marko Arnautović yet to score from 16 games.

The Potters continue their push for a European place this weekend by hosting relegation-threatened QPR and Hughes’ men are priced as the 8/13 favourites to claim all three points.

Odds-on betting may not be for everyone but with the R’s yet to win an away game this term the match looks likely to go only one way.

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James Curtis

After studying for a degree in journalism and gaining his NCTJ, James contributed to a wide range of papers, online publications and broadcasters including the South London Press, Press Association and Sky Sports News before joining the Ladbrokes News team.