Lambert plays down Diouf's injury

05 March 2018 04:15:44 EST

Stoke City manager Paul Lambert hopes Mame Diouf will make a rapid recovery from the shoulder injury he sustained in the 0-0 draw at Southampton.

The striker damaged his left shoulder in a collision with Wesley Hoedt and had to be substituted midway through the first half of the St Mary's stalemate.

Diouf required gas and air as he left the pitch but Lambert has not ruled the striker out of next Monday's home match against Manchester City.

Lambert said: "We'll have a close look at Mame and see how he feels. He was clearly in a lot of pain; it looked as though he dislocated his shoulder but the medical staff popped it back in in the dressing room.

"Losing him was a real blow because I think he had started the game really well and there's no doubt that he gives us genuine pace."

Meanwhile, former Aston Villa and Norwich City boss Lambert says he is relishing life with the Potters as they attempt to move clear of the relegation zone.

Stoke are still in the bottom three after Saturday's draw but have only suffered one defeat in their six games under the Scot.

"I love the pressure of it, I think it's great, it's a game I love," the Stoke boss added. "I never see it as something I don't enjoy. When you see lads throwing their bodies into things for you, I can get so much satisfaction.

"If you keep hanging in, things will happen. I think a few months ago we might have lost Saturday's game and that's the big thing, don't lose and stay in it."

Stoke are 1000/1 to be relegated this season and 14/1 to beat Manchester City on 12th March.

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