Shawcross eyes Potters return
Stoke defender Ryan Shawcross admits he is desperate to get back on the pitch.
Last Updated: 01/04/10 10:07am
Stoke defender Ryan Shawcross admits he is desperate to get back on the pitch and revive his chances of making England's World Cup squad.
The 22-year-old has missed the Potters' last five games through injury and suspension.
He served a three-match ban following the red card for the challenge which broke Aaron Ramsey's leg at the end of February.
Shawcross was then handed his first England call-up but suffered an ankle injury upon his return to the Britannia Stadium and hasn't featured since.
Shawcross has undergone a number of treatments in an attempt to speed up his recovery as he eyes a comeback.
"I've seen a few specialists about the ankle and had an injection to get rid of the inflammation," he told the Stoke Sentinel.
"I've done a bit of running on it before that, but was getting pain twisting and turning.
"I'm going to have another run on it today and then see how I get on."
Shawcross aims to be fighting fit for the visit of strugglers Hull City on Saturday but admits he'll be hard-pushed having only just returned to light training.
"It's too early to say if I will be ready for Saturday," he said.
"Also, the team has been playing really well, so it's going to be hard to get back in anyway.
"I've missed the last five Stoke games and that's been tough," he admitted. "I'm desperate to get back."