“He’s been very happy with how it’s gone and the latest injury was just unfortunate”
But Stoke boss Mark Hughes is happy that Shawcross is fit again having decided against a run out with the under-21s.
Hughes said: “I’ve no doubts about Ryan. He says it himself too. We were just having a conversation with the chairman, and he said that the most recent injury was one of those things.
“It was late in the game against Southampton. We were chasing it. He’d gone up to give us an extra body and came down in the wrong manner.
“He got a little nudge while he was in the air, and that caused an injury higher up in his back. It was nothing to do with the operation. That’s been great, touch wood.