PETER ODEMWINGIE is hoping to provide boss Mark Hughes a major boost over the next 24 hours by declaring himself fit and available for this weekend’s long trip to Norwich City.
The Nigerian international was forced to miss his first game for the Potters against Arsenal four days ago after sustaining a calf injury in the build up to the game.
The striker had initially hoped to feature in the 1-0 triumph over Arsenal after training with his team-mates last Friday, however, the game came too quickly for him with the management team taking the decision not to rush him back into action.
“I am feeling good again now and obviously I am really hoping to be fit and available to play again at Norwich this weekend,” the 32-year-old said.
“Last week I managed to train on Friday, but maybe it was a bit optimistic to play against Arsenal, so it was best for me to rest.
“I am progressing well now, and hopefully I will join back in with the full group on Thursday. If I can do that then hopefully I will be back in contention.”
Odemwingie, who has been a huge success following his move from Cardiff City in January, was speaking at the annual meet-the-players event at Knypersley Cricket Club on Tuesday evening.
“I am really happy to be part of the Stoke City family, because if we all get to know each other better then that can only be a positive thing for us all,” he smiled.
“It is good to see the adults here, and especially children, who I really enjoy seeing, giving high fives too and giving them a thumbs up.
“A lot of them come to the training ground each day and that is nice, because they get to come and see their heroes, which being a dad, I know can be special for the little ones.
“One day I will bring my son to these sort of events because I see the joy that all of the youngsters have on their faces here, so it will be good for him to become part of the family too.”
He added: “I love to make the effort with all of the fans, especially here at the oldest club in the Premier League, where we have many generations of loyal supporters.”
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