Danny Higginbotham happy to be back for Stoke

Stoke City defender Danny Higginbotham is delighted to be back in action.

Stoke City defender Danny Higginbotham is delighted to be back in action.

Higginbotham marked his return from seven months out with a cruciate ligament injury by playing the full game at Maccabi Tel Aviv.

He said: "I was obviously disappointed not to keep a clean sheet at the end there, but I was really happy to get through the 90 minutes and to get the win.

"There's a little bit of stiffness but that's par for the course and otherwise I feel fine.

"Yes, it's been a very frustrating seven months, but hopefully that's all over now after a lot of hard work and a lot of help from those around me."

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