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Stoke boss Pulis says Owen ready for start

Stoke City striker Michael Owen could be handed a start against Manchester City tomorrow.

Owen played 45 minutes of a behind-closed-doors friendly against Derby at St George's Park in midweek.

That has helped push his claims for inclusion at the Britannia Stadium on Saturday but manager Tony Pulis admits there are other considerations to assess.

"The lads worked really hard in the morning so to ask them to go out again, especially in this weather, to play a game was pretty difficult particularly for the older guys - not that Michael's old," he said.

"His attitude was fantastic. He is part of 20 players that I am thinking about (for the City game)."

"There are other players who are knocking at my door as well as Michael.

"This club is not just about one player and it will remain that way as long as I am in charge."

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