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Stoke City scout Barcelona starlets

Stoke City assistant manager Mark Bowen has revealed the club have scouted Barcelona duo Sandro and Adama Traore in the aftermath of Bojan Krkic's season-ending injury.

Bojan, who moved to the Britannia Stadium from Camp Nou in July, sustained a serious knee injury in Stoke's FA Cup fourth-round victory over Rochdale on Monday, which could keep him out for eight months.

There had been speculation that Potters' boss Mark Hughes could act quickly to replace him, with his right-hand man admitting two Barca youngsters, believed to be Sandro and Adama Traore, have come under their radar, 

But Bowen insists it is early days in any potential transfer negotiations: "It's no secret Mark went out there, but they are a long way from pulling on a Stoke City shirt," he told the Stoke Sentinel.

He also added the club's disappointment at Bojan's season-ending injury after his bright start to the club, which included a stunning volley in Monday night's victory.

"It looks like eight months and it's a terrible shame for him," he added.

"It's such a huge blow having just come to a different country, settled so well, proved himself and proved wrong one or two doubters abroad.

"He's been a tremendous professional to work with, a fantastic personality within the squad and someone who works so hard on his game.

"It's a chance for other people. Stephen Ireland has looked back to his old self in the last couple of weeks, so this is an opportunity for the likes of Stephen."