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The Sentinel Apr 15, 2016
Stoke City: Ryan Shawcross ready and waiting for Tottenham under...

Stoke City: Ryan Shawcross ready and waiting for Tottenham under...

RYAN Shawcross feels like kicking himself – which may not be a good idea given his recent injury record – when he looks back on his form and fitness this season.For he believes he's never played better, when not sitting out 15 of Stoke's 33 Premier League games to date, and who knows if a clear run this term might not even have twisted the arm of a certain England manager?Shawcross, whose back is ship-shape ahead of Monday's clash with Tottenham, says: It has been a frustrating...
The Sentinel Apr 14, 2016
Stoke City: I've never played better (when fit!) says Ryan...

Stoke City: I've never played better (when fit!) says Ryan...

STOKE skipper Ryan Shawcross says he has never played better than he has this season.Which makes him all the more frustrated at missing 15 of Stoke's 33 Premier League fixtures with three different back complaints.Shawcross, who reports himself fit and ready for Tottenham on Monday, says: It has been a frustrating season because when I have played it's probably been the best form of my career.But I haven't played games on a consistent basis and so it has been frustrating.If I...
The Sentinel Apr 14, 2016
Stoke City v Tottenham – Mark Hughes press conference LIVE:...

Stoke City v Tottenham – Mark Hughes press conference LIVE:...

MARK Hughes faces the press this afternoon ready to deliver the latest team news for Stoke City, even if they're not playing until Monday night.Tottenham Hotspur are coming to the Britannia Stadium holding onto hope they can still topple Leicester City at the top of the Premier League table.Time is running out – but that hasn't stopped them panicking enough to get the referee changed for the fixture.Out has gone Kevin Friend of Leicester and in has come Neil Swarbrick of Preston. Here...
The Sentinel Apr 14, 2016
Stoke City: Be careful what you wish for! The time a Potters' fan...

Stoke City: Be careful what you wish for! The time a Potters' fan...

KEVIN Friend has been removed from refereeing Stoke's match with Tottenham Hotspur - because he is a fan of Spurs' title rivals Leicester City. The football authorities only normally specify that officials can't be in charge of games involving teams from their home town. But there was one occasion when they let a Stoke fan oversee the Potters' FA Cup clash with Coventry City at the Victoria Ground. Did he show any bias? Well, here's the story of that afternoon... LEE Dixon was one of the...
The Sentinel Apr 14, 2016
Stoke City: Ryan Shawcross determined to put injury woes to bed

Stoke City: Ryan Shawcross determined to put injury woes to bed

STRAIGHT-talking Ryan Shawcross admits he will not take his fitness for granted as he bids for a long-awaited regular run back in Stoke's defence. The 28-year-old had been a virtual ever-present in the Potters' back line for seven-and-a-half years after joining from Manchester United. But he was first cast for a spell on the sidelines with back problem in January 2015 and he needed surgery to resolve it properly in the summer. Two separate back issues have since meant for a seriously...
The Sentinel Apr 13, 2016
Stoke City: Referee Kevin Friend dumped from Spurs clash because...

Stoke City: Referee Kevin Friend dumped from Spurs clash because...

THE Premier League has swapped the referee due to take charge of Stoke's game against Tottenham after supporters of the London club pointed out Kevin Friend was a Leicester City fan, it has been reported. Spurs head to the Britannia Stadium in desperate need of points hoping they can still catch Leicester and win the Premier League title. And Spurs fans were spooked when they saw the referee next to the fixture was Kevin Friend of Leicester. The Daily Mail say that reaction has now persuaded...
The Sentinel Apr 7, 2016
Stoke City: Medics confident Ryan Shawcross is over his back woes

Stoke City: Medics confident Ryan Shawcross is over his back woes

STOKE might boast their strongest ever squad, but Mark Bowen admits they have not enjoyed trying to cope for so long without Ryan Shawcross. The skipper had been a virtual ever present, growing in stature and influence in his first seven-and-a-half years after joining Stoke from Manchester United. But he has only completed 22 of the club's last 49 league matches, stretching back to January 2015 due to three separate back injuries. Stoke still managed to nail a ninth-placed finish last term,...
The Sentinel Apr 7, 2016
Danny Higginbotham: Glenn Whelan the bigger miss for Stoke

Danny Higginbotham: Glenn Whelan the bigger miss for Stoke

I know a lot has been said about the subbing of Bojan against Swansea last week, but for me the bigger loss was Glenn Whelan.He went off at the same time as Bojan, in between the two Swansea goals, and there's no question Stoke missed him.I was commentating on the game and was impressed by what little impact Gylfi Sigurdsson was having... until Glenn's back injury kicked in that is.I just thought Glenn had done brilliantly well in front of his back four, organising them and his...
The Sentinel Apr 7, 2016
Stoke City: Jon Walters includes Wilkinson Testimonial in Euro...

Stoke City: Jon Walters includes Wilkinson Testimonial in Euro...

JON Walters plans to include Andy Wilkinson's testimonial in his Euro 2016 build-up.Walters has joined fellow first-teamers Phil Bardsley and Marc Wilson in signing up for the game at the Britannia on the evening of Monday May 16 (7.45pm).And that could be a useful chance for him to stretch his limbs as he will be in the midst of returning from recent knee surgery by the middle of May.Peter Crouch got the ball rolling on current players agreeing to lace up their boots up for Wilkinson, while...
The Sentinel Apr 7, 2016
Stoke City: Four ways to buy tickets for Andy Wilkinson...

Stoke City: Four ways to buy tickets for Andy Wilkinson...

THERE are now four ways to purchase tickets for Andy Wilkinson's testimonial at the Britannia Stadium on the evening of Monday May 16. Tickets priced £10 for adults and £5 for children can be bought from: * The Britannia Stadium ticket office, * The club's retail outlet in the intu Potteries Shopping Centre and * The ticket hotline on (01782) 367599 * The club's on-line contact at scfcdirect.com. Stoke City legend Mark Stein will star in Andy Wilkinson's testimonial...
The Sentinel Apr 7, 2016
Stoke City: We'll help Bojan end the season in style, says Mark...

Stoke City: We'll help Bojan end the season in style, says Mark...

MARK Bowen has asked Stoke fans to trust the coaching staff as they try to help Bojan end the season with a bang. Bojan made a big impression when he was handed his first start in two months – and scored his first goal since December – in last weekend's 2-2 draw with Swansea. The expected return of Xherdan Shaqiri from a thigh injury gives Mark Hughes some tasty options up front ahead of the trip to Liverpool on Sunday. But Bowen says Bojan can keep himself at the top of the...
The Sentinel Apr 6, 2016
Stoke City: Glen Johnson hoping to be back this month and Marc...

Stoke City: Glen Johnson hoping to be back this month and Marc...

STOKE City are set to receive welcome positive news from the treatment room as Glen Johnson and Marc Wilson step up their recoveries from injury. Right-back Johnson hopes to be back to full training in around a fortnight having been out with a knee injury since a 3-1 win at Bournemouth in February. Wilson, who damaged knee ligaments at Crystal Palace in January, is also stepping up his recovery. Assistant manager Mark Bowen said: Glen is progressing well. He's hopeful within a couple...
The Sentinel Apr 6, 2016
Stoke City: Big double injury boost – and one new major...

Stoke City: Big double injury boost – and one new major...

XHERDAN Shaqiri and Ryan Shawcross are hoping to prove their fitness to start for Stoke City at Liverpool this weekend – but Glenn Whelan is a major doubt. Geoff Cameron has also missed training this morning after reporting to Clayton Wood feeling unwell, although he has been recovering from a knock to his leg picked up on international duty last week. Shawcross has returned to full training over the last two days and, although Stoke were thinking he could be eased back into action...

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