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​Stoke skipper Shawcross ready for first match of campaign

Stoke captain Ryan Shawcross is also in contention to make his first appearance of the season after a back problem.

"He is very much in my thoughts," boss Mark Hughes said. "He feels he's ready but we don't want to rush him.

"With three games in a week I'm sure he'll play at some point but Tuesday [against Chelsea] is more likely. The defence have done well and there's no reason to change it."

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