Nigerian striker Peter Odemwingie could return to Stoke City’s starting X1 for Saturday’s visit of Sunderland after shaking off a knee injury he picked up against Manchester City last August.

Stoke boss Mark Hughes confirmed during Friday’s press conference that Odemwingie could start from the bench for his side’s Barclays Premier League clash with the Black Cats.

“He’s doing really well and is on schedule,” Hughes said of the 33-year-old former Crystal Palace forward.

“He’s not in a position to start games yet, but he’s been able to train for a full 90 minutes for two weeks now.

“He’s ready, and he’s an option if we need him to do 20, 25 minutes for us in a game. I told him today of my plans and as you’d expect I was met with a big, wide smile. He’s desperate to play.

“It’s a big thing for him and a big thing for the rest of the squad too. We’ve been judging him on his levels from before the injury and his stats are better now than they were before, so we are delighted to see him back.”


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