German defender Robert Huth has been taken
to hospital for tests after reporting to training with a mystery
virus, his club Stoke City said on Tuesday.
Huth was due to take part in the Premier League club's final
pre-season fixtures, but his sudden illness upon arrival at the
club's Clayton Wood training facility raised immediate concern.
"It's a major concern so close to the start of the new
season because Huthy is such an important figure for us,"
Stoke's manager Tony Pulis told the club's website.
"It takes a lot to knock Huthy back, but he was clearly not
well, so we have sent him to hospital and will hopefully have
the results of the tests on him tomorrow.
"We're just hoping he will be OK and it's not too
While Stoke await further news on Huth's illness, Pulis
confirmed interest was building in trialist Sebastian Boenisch.
The Polish international left-back, who played in all of
Poland's Euro 2012 matches, was released from Bundesliga outfit
Werder Bremen and is looking to seal a move to the Premier
"Sebastian is available on a free transfer, so we're taking
a look at him over the next couple of matches and we'll take it
from there," Pulis said.
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