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Stoke Suspend Assaidi Chase Citing Injury Concerns

Despite interest in securing a permanent deal for Oussama Assaidi, concerns about a lingering knee issue mean Stoke City have put their efforts on hold.

Richard Heathcote

After a largely successful season there on loan, Oussama Assaidi was all set for a permanent move to Stoke City. Then, Liverpool's decision to set his asking price at £7M seemed to put the Potters off, but most still assumed the two sides would still be able to negotiate an agreement given it was a move that appeared to make sense for the player and both clubs.

However, it appears any such a move could now be in jeopardy. In February, Assaidi suffered a knee injury in training. It kept him out for most of the new year, though he was starting to be eased back into the action towards the end of the season. Now, with the player traveling to the Netherlands to undergo further treatment, there are fears he may not be completely recovered.

Combined with Liverpool's high valuation of the 25-year-old Moroccan winger, local newspaper the Stoke Sentinel understands that this means the club have decided to suspended their efforts to negotiate a deal for Assaidi. If the winger can prove his fitness at a later date they would then consider returning for him, but for now, any potential deal is on hold.

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