Stoke City injury update
After a lacklustre game against Bournemouth we really need to get back to basics for the Watford game. Whelan should be fit by the weekend, possibly on the bench? Bardsley went off injured and no date as yet on his likely return.
Better news with Butland due back early next month and Aflley has returned to training.
The club are looking to sign keeper Lee Grant in January as his current loan expires then. He has proved a real success since taking over from Shay Given.
Other transfer rumours include a possible bid for Port Vale’s defender Nathan Smith. Unlikely though as we don’t do much business with the Vale!