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Stoke boss Pulis hails Etherington campaign

Stoke City boss Tony Pulis says Matt Etherington is a good chance for their Player of the Season.

Etherington has revealed how he's battled back from a gambling addiction this season.

Pulis said: "Matty's been smashing, he's relaxed and playing great football. The great thing is he's got his private life under control now with the gambling.

"I don't think there's ever been any doubt about his ability.

"As a manager, it is rewarding when you see the player come through things he's had to deal with off the field."

Etherington was carried off during Saturday's FA Cup tie with tonight's opponents Manchester City.

It was feared he had a serious knee injury but a scan has revealed the knock is only minor and he could be back early next month.

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