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Phil Bardsley

29-Year-Old Defender     Stoke City  Premier

STATUS:  Game-Time Decision   INJURY:  Back    EST. RETURN:  10/25/2014
Birthdate:  June 28, 1985    Birthplace:  Salford, Greater Manchester, United Kingdom
Height:  5' 11"    Weight:  163 lbs    

August 28, 2014    Phil Bardsley News

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Bardsley was unable to train with the full squad Thursday, leaving him questionable to play Saturday against Manchester City.

With Geoff Cameron sidelined with a groin strain, Bardley's fitness becomes even more important for a Stoke side set to face one of the best attacks in the Premier League.

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Phil Bardsley: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

August 20, 2014

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Bardsley was named Stoke's starting right-back for their season opening loss to Aston Villa last Saturday.

Bardsley earned a starting defensive position in wake of regular Geoff Cameron still rebuilding his fitness following this summer's World Cup. However, with Cameron's situation at the club currently somewhat uncertain, Bardsley's fantasy stock largely hinges on whether Cameron remains a Potter at the end of this month. If so, Bardsley will likely be a reserve, but if Cameron is sold elsewhere, the right-back position could become Bardsley's to lose.

May 22, 2014

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Bardsley agreed to a three-year contract with Stoke City on Thursday, the club's official web site reports.

Bardsley is the first summer signing for Stoke, although he cannot officially join until July 1. He was a solid member of the back line for Sunderland, but fell out of favor toward the end of the season. He should get plenty of playing time for the Potters, who were a better defensive side last season than Sunderland.

February 8, 2014

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Bardsley started and played all 90 minutes of Saturday's 0-2 loss to Hull City, but did not attempt a shot during the match.

Fantasy owners jumped on Bardsley this week thanks to a favorable matchup against a Hull City squad that has struggled to score this season, but teammate Wes Brown picked up a red card within the first five minutes of the match. With only 10 men the rest of the way, Sunderland simply couldn't extend their clean sheet streak to three, leaving Bardsley with minimal fantasy points.

December 21, 2013

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Bardsley helped lead his defense to a shutout in the 0-0 draw against Norwich City on Saturday.

Bardsley was all over the pitch Saturday, recording four shots and contributing to a shutout for the stingy Sunderland side. He is an undervalued fantasy asset, having played in every game this season, scoring multiple goals as a defender, and playing until the 75th minute in every game. Look to use Bardsley on the cheap if your roster permits.

November 10, 2013

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Bardsley scored in the 21st minute of Sunderland's 1-0 win over Manchester City on Sunday.

Bardsley's goal was set up by fellow defender Wes Brown, who was making his first start of the year. Bardsley has clearly come out of his shell under new manager Gus Puyot and he could be an interesting fantasy defender moving forward if he keeps playing close to the box.

October 18, 2013

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Sunderland manager Gus Poyet called Bardsley back to the squad to face Swansea on Saturday and said the player has a clean slate with him after being suspended from the club, reports the Mirror.

Bardsley was suspended from the club following incidents at the end of August that angered fans and manager Paolo Di Canio. Poyet has asked fans to give the player a second chance, and will give Bardsley the opportunity to earn back their support.

September 14, 2013

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Bardsley was expected to be sold away from Sunderland during the transfer window until he suffered a broken foot during a developmental squad game, ending any chance of a move.