Benik Afobe 'heartbroken' after death of daughter, aged two

Benik Afobe is on a season-long loan at Bristol City, but will miss the rest of the campaign with a knee injury

Stoke City striker Benik Afobe says he and his family are “devastated and heartbroken” after his two-year-old daughter Amora died on Friday.

The 26-year-old, who is on a season-long loan deal with Bristol City, released a statement on Sunday.

“Amora was taken to hospital for treatment after unexpectedly developing a severe infection,” it said.

“Unfortunately she then suffered a number of serious complications and, despite doctors doing absolutely everything that they could, Amora passed away peacefully with the love of her family by her side.

“The entire family have been left totally devastated and heartbroken, and would like to ask that their privacy is respected at this incredibly difficult time.”

Bristol City have dedicated their 5-2 win over Huddersfield Town on Saturday to Afobe.

Afobe is likely to miss the rest of the season after sustaining a serious knee injury in September.

Football pays tribute

Stoke tweeted their condolences