Sunday 11 December 2016

Hughes deals blow to Given's Euro hopes

Published 15/04/2016 | 02:30

Stoke manager Mark Hughes Photo Reuters / Carl Recine
Stoke manager Mark Hughes Photo Reuters / Carl Recine

Mark Hughes has provided bad news for Shay Given's Euro 2016 ambitions by indicating that he will stick with Jakob Haugaard for Monday's Premier League date with Spurs.

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Haugaard has deputised for Jack Butland since he suffered a season-ending injury despite Given's return to fitness but a shaky display from the young Dane in last weekend's defeat at Liverpool offered a glimmer of hope for the Irish veteran who needs games to enhance his French claims.

But Hughes suggested yesterday that he is keen to give the 23-year-old a chance to learn from his mistakes.

"As always, I have the benefit of good goalkeepers in the building, so if I decide to make a change, then I'm quite comfortable with that," said Hughes. "But at the moment, Jakob needs the experience and the opportunity to play.

"Jakob has had a run in the side and we talked about the game last week. We discussed all elements of it and for the most part I have been pleased with what he has done.

"He is a young goalkeeper, and he is learning about the Premier League. A little bit of focus has been on that position, but I'm quite comfortable with where we are with it."

Meanwhile, Paul McShane's campaign with Reading could be cut short after being charged for violent conduct along with his team-mate Danny Williams after they clashed on the pitch during Tuesday's defeat to Middlesbrough.

The referee missed the incident and an independent panel decided that the player's actions would have been worthy of a red card. McShane and Williams must decide whether to appeal by this evening but they could both face a three-game ban. McShane has denied that he aimed a headbutt in the direction of Williams.

Brentford's Alan Judge, ruled out of the Euros after a double leg break last weekend, has been named on the three man PFA shortlist for Championship Player of the Year.

Irish Independent

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