Stoke City boost: Goalkeeper said to be available for Saturday

After being subbed off at half-time during Manchester City’s 4-0 thumping of Stoke on Saturday, the Potters’ goalkeeper, Shay Given, is said to be fine and available for Saturday’s match against Sunderland.

Sky sources understand that the groin injury that the goalkeeper picked up during the match was merely a result of playing two high-intensity matches in a row (Stoke also lost 4-0 to Spurs during the week) and it wasn’t as bad as originally thought.

The revelation will come as welcome news to Stoke, who are currently second in the Injury table with Afellay, Shaqiri, Butland, Walters, Johnson and Wilson all sidelined. If they had to deal with another goalkeeper out, they’d have cause for concern. Saying this, the Potters currently sit in 10th place in the Premier League, level on points with Chelsea, so if they drop a few more between now and the end of the season, they’re in no danger of relegation and would probably consider it a decent season.

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Given has managed to fend off injuries pretty well so far this season, having not been sidelined since October (knee). The 40-year-old Republic of Ireland international is clearly robust and fit, so should bounce back from this blip quickly.

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