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Etherington and Whelan Back

Winger Matthew Etherington

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14:16 10th November 2012

Pair are recalled to face Queens Park Rangers

TONY PULIS made two changes for Stoke City’s Barclays Premier League meeting with Queens Park Rangers at the Britannia Stadium . . . recalling Glenn Whelan and Matthew Etherington.


Republic of Ireland international Whelan returned to the starting line-up after recovering from a hamstring injury and took the place of Dean Whitehead in the middle of the park.


While Etherington was rewarded for some impressive cameo performances as a substitute with a recall at the expense of Michael Kightly, who dropped down to the substitutes’ bench.


Andy Wilkinson had overcome a knock to continue at left back where he is currently deputising for long term injury victim Marc Wilson after he suffered a broken leg in the last home match.


There was still no Michael Owen among the substitutes, as he battles his way back from a hamstring strain, so Cameron Jerome was once again included as one of the attacking options on the bench.


QPR were without their injured skipper Park Ji-Sung, but they were boosted by the fact that experienced defender Ryan Nelsen passed a fitness test to take his place at the back.


City: Begovic; Cameron, Shawcross, Huth, Wilkinson; Walters, Adam, Nzonzi, Whelan, Etherington; Crouch. Subs: Sorensen, Palacios, Jones, Whitehead, Upson, Kightly, Jerome.

Queens Park Rangers: Cesar; Bosingwa, Ferdinand, Nelsen, Traore; Hoilett, Faurlin, Taarabt, Granero, Diakite; Cisse. Subs: Green, Derry, Hill, Wright-Phillips, Mackie, Onuhoa, Zamora.

Referee: M. Atkinson

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