By Alan Duffy
Jonathan Woodgate’s career has been utterly ruined by injury, which may be some kind of karma for his involvement in the attack on an Asian student back in 2000. Still, despite his immense talent, the 31-year-old central-half has struggled to stay fit for any decent length of time since leaving Leeds United in 2003.
Stoke boss Tony Pulis took a gamble on the former Real Madrid man during the summer, bringing him to the Britannia Stadium on a pay-as-you-play deal. However, ahead of the club’s historic Europa League campaign, Pulis has decided to leave the new recruit out of his official squad for the competition.