U.S. men's national team defender Geoff Cameron is likely out for Stoke City's holiday clashes against Manchester United and Everton, manager Mark Hughes said on Tuesday.
Cameron is nursing a hamstring injury, which he picked up against West Ham on Dec. 12, and he missed last weekend's game against Crystal Palace. Stoke plays Manchester United on Boxing Day (Dec. 26) before turning around and heading to Everton two days later. Hughes indicated that Cameron is more likely to return on Jan. 2, when Stoke plays at West Brom.
"It is probably a little too close to call with Geoff at the moment given the time before the game at the weekend," Hughes said at his pre-match press conference. "I would suggest that he is more likely to miss out than to play however, which would mean we may not see him until the New Year. "It’s a busy period for us and we certainly won’t be taking any risks with anyone. We have a large squad and we will utilize it if we feel the need to."
Stoke currently sits in 11th place in the Premier League but trails fourth-place Tottenham by just four points. Cameron has appeared in 15 of the club's 17 league games, making 12 starts thus far. He is in his fourth season with the Potters after making the move from MLS's Houston Dynamo in 2012.