Friday 19 January 2018

Georgia match-winner Jon Walters back in Stoke squad after deadline day drama

Jonathan Walters
Jonathan Walters

Mark Hughes has confirmed Jonathan Walters will be in Stoke's squad at Arsenal after the transfer window closed without him moving away.

Walters was left out of the 18 when the Potters lost to West Brom last time around amid speculation surrounding his club future.

Late interest from Leicester City failed to tempt Stoke City into selling Walters, while Norwich also had two bids knocked back for the 31-year-old.

The attacking player was in limbo because he had been unable to agree terms on a new deal at Stoke and formally lodged a transfer request, but Hughes is now ready to usher him back into the fold in North London.

Charlie Adam and Ibrahim Afellay are both suspended having being dismissed against the Baggies while Mame Diouf (hamstring), Marko Arnautovic (ankle) and Glen Johnson (groin) are all doubts for Hughes, who cannot call upon Peter Odemwingie (hamstring) and Ryan Shawcross (back).

Provisional squad: Butland, Given, Muniesa, Wilson, Wollscheid, Bardsley, Pieters, Johnson, Cameron, Whelan, Van Ginkel, Ireland, Sidwell, Arnautovic, Walters, Bojan, Shaqiri, Diouf, Crouch, Joselu.

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