Stoke duo remain sidelined

26 Aug

Xherdan Shaqiri should return for Stoke at Everton but Jack Butland and Glen Johnson remain absent.


Stoke: Stoke duo remain sidelinedStoke: Stoke duo remain sidelined

Swiss international Shaqiri has been missing with a calf problem but has returned to training and is expected to play some part at Goodison Park.


Goalkeeper Butland and defender Johnson are still unavailable due to respective ankle and thigh problems but the duo should return fairly soon after the international break.

Shay Given will continue to deputise in Butland’s absence and fellow veteran Peter Crouch could be handed a rare Premier League start as boss Mark Hughes said the striker has given him “something to think about” after his midweek EFL Cup hat-trick against Stevenage.

Provisional squad: Given, Haugaard, Shawcross, Wollscheid, Cameron, Pieters, Bardsley, Muniesa, Imbula, Allen, Whelan, Adam, Bojan, Arnautovic, Shaqiri, Sobhi, Diouf, Walters, Joselu, Crouch.

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