Jack Clarke breaks silence after returning to Tottenham with shortened Stoke City loan
Jack Clarke has thanked Stoke City after returning to Tottenham Hotspur with his loan deal cut short due to injury.
The 20-year-old winger left north London in the January window and moved on to the Potters on a loan deal until the end of the current campaign.
After three Spurs Appearances in the first half of the season, Clarke was sent off temporarily again – hoping to have more impact and gain more experience than disappointing spells at Leeds United and Queens Park Rangers in 2019/20.
Clarke has made 14 appearances for Stoke as they look sure to settle for a mid-table finish in the Championship. Six of them were starts, the other eight coming from the bench, and he had two assists.
Stoke’s boss, Michael O’Neill revealed the Spurs youngster suffered ligament damage ankle-length and was due to return to the club this week.
Clarke, whose last game was against Derby County on March 20, has now confirmed it himself.
“Due to an injury setback my time at Stoke is over,” the Spurs man said on Instagram.
“A special thank you to everyone at the club for welcoming me. All the best for the rest of the season @stokecity.”
O’Neill said of Clarke on Friday: “Jack is not gone yet but he will be this week. Unfortunately he will not play again this season, he has ligament injuries in his ankle. He had a CT scan yesterday. , so it’s disappointing.
“We could have done with him. I think we have 10 injured players.
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“We could have done more with him in the last eight games of the season. It’s never nice when a loan is cut like that.
“He’s had a bit of a hard time getting started in recent weeks because the system has made it difficult for him, but overall we’re happy with the contribution he’s made.”
Clarke’s three games for Tottenham this season have been against LASK and Ludogorets (both in the Europa League) and Marine (FA Cup).