Ryan Shawcross says he’s disappointed he will not be able to make his return from injury for Stoke on Saturday but will be back soon.
The Potters skipper has been missing for over a month after suffering a second back injury of the season at Leicester, with Mark Hughes’ men struggling badly in his absence, losing four of the five games he has been sidelined for.
It had been hoped Shawcross could be fit for this weekend’s clash with Aston Villa but has ruled himself out of the game, admitting he is reluctant to rush back.
The 28-year-old says the injury is not as serious as the disc problem that required him to undergo surgery and miss the first three months of the season, and the central defender hopes that once fit again he will remain injury-free for the remainder of the campaign.
“I’ve been having numerous injections and treatments to try and cure it, but it’s an injury that takes time, so there’ s no time frame on it, but I’m not too far away,” he told the Sentinel.
“Being injured is always disappointing,” he added. “But it’s not a long-term injury, just an injury because I’ve played so many games over such a short period of time.
“It’s always frustrating when you’re injured and I was pleased with my form when I came back (at the end of October) from the operation.
“So to be out for a month or so has been very disappointing and I’ve missed a lot of games because of all the midweek games.”