Duo Return

Erik Pieters

ERIK PIETERS and Mame Diouf will return to the Stoke City squad for the Potters’ clash with Nottingham Forest this weekend says manager Gary Rowett.

The duo have been absent from recent matches due to quad and hamstring injuries respectively, but have now suitably recovered to be available for selection on Saturday.

Rowett is pleased to have the pair back in contention for the clash at the City Ground, and says it will provide him with a good selection headache as he aims to mastermind a win against Aitor Karanka’s side.

“Erik was back in training on Wednesday,” the 44-year-old revealed to “He wasn’t too far away at the weekend to be fair but he just didn’t feel quite right. 

“Mame had only trained on the Friday which we didn’t think was enough for him to then be available for selection having had a hamstring injury. 

“Certainly both of those players will come into the melting pot for this weekend’s game."

He added: “The more options you have, the better. It means you are going to have to leave out some really good players, even from the matchday 18, but the reality is that it’s about putting the best possible team onto the pitch and me trying to get the decision right.”