Shawcross thrilled to be back

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Stoke City de­fender Ryan Shawcross wants to play as many games as he can af­ter re­turn­ing from a long-term in­jury for his first ap­pear­ance of the sea­son in Tues­day’s win against Chelsea in the League Cup.

Shawcross, who played the en­tire 120 min­utes be­fore the Pot­ters won on penal­ties on Tues­day, suf­fered a re­cur­rence of a back prob­lem that trou­bled him last sea­son and went un­der the knife in Au­gust.

Stoke have kept just two clean sheets in the 10 Pre­mier League games and their in­flu­en­tial skip­per, who will be look­ing to tighten the defence, has made him­self avail­able for se­lec­tion when they travel to face New­cas­tle United on Satur­day.

“It’s just great to be back af­ter such a long time out - it’s been a frus­trat­ing time so it feels nice to be back out there on the pitch,” the 28-year-old Shawcross told the club’s web­site.

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