Assaidi Back to Stoke on Loan, Fills In for Injured Odemwingie

Stoke City have completed the signing of Oussama Assaidi on a season-long loan from Liverpool, as back-up for the injured Nigeria international forward Osaze Odemwingie.

Odemwingie is set to face a long spell on the sideline amid fears he has damaged his cruciate knee ligament, according to media reports.

The 33-year-old collapsed with nobody around him at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday and was stretchered off the pitch.

Osaze Odemwingie is Set to Be Sidelined for a Long Time After Injuring His ACL. Getty Image.
Osaze Odemwingie is Set to Be Sidelined for a Long Time After Injuring His ACL. Getty Image.

Manager Mark Hughes had earlier downplayed the severity of the injury, but moved swiftly on transfer deadline day to see through
a second successive loan move for the Moroccan winger.

Stokes chairman Peter Coates told BBC Radio 5 live “We didn’t expect to be doing anything (on transfer deadline day) but Peter Odemwingie got injured and Mark [Hughes] wanted someone to fill that position.”


Assaidi impressed at the Britannia Stadium in his previous loan spell, scoring 4 times in 19 Premier League matches. His parent club are believed to have received a £1m loan fee for the 26-year-old.

Coates added. “Oussama was with us last season and we liked him very much.”

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