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Stoke No2 Bowen: Ireland can return to very best

Stoke City No2 Mark Bowen is convinced they can get Stephen Ireland back to his best.

The Aston Villa midfielder has joined the Potters on a season-long loan.

"There's no doubt he can get his best form back," said Bowen.

"If he was 32, then you might think those days are gone, but at 27 why shouldn't he get them back?

"He should be coming into the prime of his footballing life at his age."

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