Pennant hopes to face City

Winger confident he can shake off ankle knock in time for Blues trip

Pennant: Suffered cup final heartache but believes Stoke can be proud of their efforts

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Jermaine Pennant admits his ankle is 'sore', but hopes he will be fit for Stoke's trip to Manchester City.

The Potters head to Eastlands on Tuesday for a re-run of the FA Cup final.

Tony Pulis' side came unstuck at Wembley on Saturday, as they succumbed to a solitary strike from Yaya Toure, but will get the opportunity to exact Premier League revenge in midweek.

Penannt faces a race against time to make that fixture after damaging his ankle during the cup final, but is confident he will be able to put himself in contention.

"It's a little bit swollen," said the tricky winger.

"It's going to be sore but we'll see if I'm fit for Tuesday."


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Pennant proved to be Stoke's most effective attacking weapon at Wembley, as he caused Aleksandar Kolarov problems down the right flank.


He was unable to help the Potters force a breakthrough but is still proud of what the club have achieved this season, with a top-half finish in the Premier League also on the cards.

"We've got to take a note that we've got to the final for the first time in Stoke's history," said Pennant.

"So that's a great achievement in itself. Obviously, not winning it is a massive blow and very frustrating. But, full credit to our lads, we kept going to the final whistle.

"You always want to win, you hate losing in a final, but we'll take away that this season's been a good season for Stoke."

He added: "We're eighth at the minute in the league. That would be a great achievement in itself.

"Obviously, now getting into Europe and in the final as well. Full credit to us for getting here."