Owen hoping for Stoke debut

Michael Owen is among several new Stoke signings hoping to make their Potters debuts in Saturday’s Premier League clash with Manchester City at the Britannia Stadium.

Michael Owen is among several new Stoke signings hoping to make their Potters debuts in Saturday’s Premier League clash with Manchester City at the Britannia Stadium.

Former England striker Owen, who joined last week having previously been a free agent, says he is fit to play and will be assessed by manager Tony Pulis, while Steven Nzonzi and Maurice Edu could also make their first appearances for the Staffordshire club.

Fellow midfielder and transfer deadline day arrival Charlie Adam may get a first start after making his bow as a substitute in the 2-2 draw at Wigan on September 1.

Winger Matthew Etherington and defender Andy Wilkinson, recently injured with a hamstring problem and concussion respectively, could be back in the team, but midfielder Jamie Ness (groin) will not be available.

Provisional squad: Begovic, Sorensen, Huth, Shawcross, Cameron, Upson, Wilkinson, Shotton, Wilson, Whelan, Etherington, Pennant, Delap, Palacios, Jones, Jerome, Crouch, Walters, Kightly, Whitehead, Adam, Edu, Nzonzi, Owen.

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