MARC MUNIESA says he will have no qualms if he is forced to surrender his spot in the starting eleven for Wednesday night's Premier League encounter against Swansea City.
The Spanish Under 21 starlet featured and impressed in the 2-2 draw with Southampton at the weekend, where he filled the void in the centre of defence left by the absent Marc Wilson.
However, with the Republic of Ireland international now back in training following a bout of illness, a return to the eleven looks a strong possibility - leaving Muniesa with the prospect of dropping back down to the bench.
"Of course I would like to play in the game, but if the manager decides to go a different way that isn't a problem neither," the former Barcelona starlet told stokecityfc.com.
"I realise that I am very young, and I am still learning about the game over here and I know that I will have to bide my time.
"I have come from another country, and of course, the players who are here like Ryan, Robert and Marc are very experienced Premier League players.
"I am enjoying my time here, I feel I am improving, and I am becoming more physical with each week that passes by too, which is important for me."
He added: "We will see what happens on Wednesday, but if I play then I will be delighted, but if not then I will keep working hard and improving myself as a player."
The 21-year-old, who arrived at the Britannia Stadium last summer, says the atmosphere in the dressing room is sky-high after claiming four points from two tough fixtures against Manchester United and Southampton.
"We are happy with the way things have gone over the past week or so, but we want to continue that and win the game tomorrow.
"We are very strong at home, and have already beaten teams like United and Chelsea, so we are confident of being able to get the three points tomorrow too.
"Every game is difficult though because every team has good players, but if we can play in the same way we have done over the past two games then there's no reason why we can't get the result we want."