Jonathan Woodgate has admitted his disappointment at being left out of Stoke City's 25-man Europa League squad.
Stoke boss Tony Pulis has opted to leave Woodgate out of his plans for their European games amid fears his injury problems could resurface due to the long distances his side will have to travel, with trips to the Ukraine, Israel and Turkey all awaiting the Potters.
Woodgate has seen his career blighted by a series of injuries over the last few years and there were concerns the 31-year-old could have reoccurring problems with the long journeys across the continent.
The former Leeds and Newcastle man can understand Pulis' way of thinking, but admits he is disappointed not be involved.
Stoke get their group stage games underway on Thursday, when they make the tough trip to eastern Europe to face Dynamo Kiev and Woodgate has revealed his feelings about his absence from the squad.
"I'm obviously disappointed because you want to play as many games as you can," said Woodgate.
"I understand where the manager's coming from. It's not a problem; you take it on the chin and get on with it."