BREK SHEA has delivered encouraging news on his fitness after revealing that he has returned back to full training this week having being sidelined with a knee injury for the past four weeks.
The United States of America international, who struck home the decisive goal in last month’s CONCACAF Gold Cup Final against Panama, sustained medial ligament damage just 30 minutes into the Potters’ pre-season friendly against Philadelphia Union last month.
However, despite initial worries over the longevity of the setback, Shea has handed boss Mark Hughes a major boost on the eve of his first Premier League game at the Britannia Stadium against Crystal Palace.
“I feel ready, I feel good and I just want to get going again,” the former FC Dallas star exclusively told Stoke City Player this week.
“Obviously I have only had one or two sessions with the lads, the first major one being on Thursday, but it’s great to be back amongst it again.
“Realistically though, I am probably a little bit away yet and Saturday’s game will probably come too early for me, but the signs are good, and I am feeling strong, fit and healthy again.”
The winger admits to being frustrated by his lack of action on the field since penning a permanent deal with the Club back in January, but says he is extremely optimistic about his future, as well as the Club’s, under the stewardship of the new manager.
“Mark is a good guy and a very good coach,” Shea added. “I have been very impressed by him so far, and I think all of the lads will tell you the same.
“He has a different approach than we have been used too, just as every manager does, but I do feel that his way of playing will suit me as a player.
“He wants us to get the ball down and move forward with it, create and score goals, and obviously being a creative player myself that is where I want to help the team.”