Stoke City vs Bristol City Preview

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Stoke City travel to Ashton Gate this weekend as they face 8th in the league, Bristol City.

Ahead of the game, Gary Rowett gave an injury update ahead of the tie against The Robins,

“Sam Clucas has trained today and looked very good in training so that’s a positive.”

However, Rowett doesn’t think the midfielder will be ready for the game this weekend,

“The weekend’s game will come too quite unless he’s electric in training and we decide to throw him in very, very early but it was nice to see him out there.”

Rowett also revealed that Peter Etebo is slowing coming back into the squad,

“Etebo has trained and it was nice to see him out there.”

The Stoke City manager confirmed that there were a couple of ‘little knocks’ that didn’t train on Thursday but wouldn’t effect the team selection ahead of Saturday’s Championship clash.

Rowett spoke about striker, Tyrese Campbell and why he was taken off at half-time in the under-23s game on Monday,

“The plan was for him to play 45 minutes, but he ended up coming off anyway with just a tight hamstring and he’s not fit at the moment.

“We were always looking to bring him off at half-time anyway because he would have travelled as part of the squad to Sheffield United, we want to give him game time and he needs game time for his fitness. It’s always a funny one for a young player if they’re in and out of the squad.”

The manager believes that his team is ready and are well prepared for the game against Bristol City after an intense weeks training,

“We’re ready for every scenario. We are pretty well prepared. We worked incredibly hard during the week.

“I think every manager would say you can’t always guarantee that always reflects in the performance, because that’s the inconsistency of the job. If there was an easy solution you’d win every game, you would be sat at the top of the league and all the other teams would be disappointed with their work.”

Rowett thinks that the squad can start improving and find a run of form that they have been looking for all season,

“We work incredibly hard, every solution that we have worked on, we try to get across to the players and we will continue to do that to keep improving.”

Speaking about Bristol City, Rowett feels that it will be a highly competitive game with The Robins who are looking for their third win on the bounce,

“It’s a difficult place to go but every away game is in this division. We’ve got the quality of players to not fear any game but we have got to start winning games. It’s a simple as that.”

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