The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Jamie Pot­ter

GARY Rowett has re­vealed that sum­mer sign­ing Sam Clucas is clos­ing in on his Stoke City de­but.

The ver­sa­tile mid­fielder, 28, joined the Potters from Swansea City dur­ing the sum­mer, but has been forced to wait to make his bow for the club due to a long-stand­ing knee in­jury.

How­ever, Clucas has stepped up his re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion over the past few days, so much so that he came through a full train­ing ses­sion with the rest of the group on Thurs­day.

Rowett said: “Sam has trained with the group to­day and came through it with fly­ing colours.

“It has been a re­ally frus­trat­ing time for Sam be­cause it is dif­fi­cult mov­ing to a new club and then be­ing on the side­lines for such a long time.

“We all knew the sit­u­a­tion when we took him in the sum­mer, but of course we hoped that he would be fit and avail­able be­fore now.

“He is a re­ally good player and some­body who will en­hance us in my opin­ion, he has the abil­ity to glide across the field, he has a very good left foot and he has good phys­i­cal­ity about him too.”

He added: “The thing with Sam is we don’t want to com­pro­mise him by bring­ing him back and then caus­ing any un­nec­es­sary is­sues. He is des­per­ate to get back out there and we are ea­ger to

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