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TONY PULIS has dropped Jonathan Woodgate from Stoke’s Europa League squad in a bid to pro­tect the de­fender from more in­jury hell.

Woodgate won’t play in any of Stoke’s six group games af­ter Pulis opted to leave him out of his 23-man squad and keep him fit for the Premier League.

The former Tot­ten­ham de­fender will stay at home as Stoke fly out to Kiev for Thurs­day night’s Group E clash and will not be in­volved ei­ther in the games against Be­sik­tas and Mac­cabi Tel-Aviv.

The Stoke boss be­lieves the en­er­gys­ap­ping jour­neys to Ukraine, Turkey and Is­rael – trips that will to­tal 11,000 miles – could have dam­ag­ing reper­cus­sions for in­jury-prone Woodgate.

Pulis said: “Jonathan is not in the Europa League squad – it was a de­ci­sion I made as soon as the draw fin­ished.

“As soon as I saw where we were trav­el­ling to it made sense. These trips are just too far.

“He wants to play. He was gut­ted but it’s best for him.”

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