Jones Has Plenty To Ponder

Nathan Jones

NATHAN JONES says he has plenty to ponder as he fine-tunes his plans for Saturday’s Championship showdown with Aston Villa.

The Potters boss has announced he has no major injury problems to contend with despite several players suffering knocks and niggles leading into the encounter.

Speaking to the press on Friday afternoon, the Welshman said: “In terms of the squad and players available to me, I have plenty of options.

“There have been a few knocks and niggles, but we have managed to control those and keep the lads as strong as possible."

“I have a really decent squad to choose from, and I will select the XI I believe is best equipped to win us the game."

The Potters boss also revealed that he has held regular discussions with his players, including Bojan and Mame Diouf - both of whom remain a firm part of his plans.

“Listen, both of those players have trained exceptionally well and are buying into what we are trying to do here,” he added.

“When I arrived here there were a number of players who hadn’t been training with the group, Bojan was one of those so we have had to get him back up to a level which we believe will enable him to impact games for us.

"I speak to Bojan regularly, and of course I understand his frustrations because he wants to play football matches, but believe me, he is a part of what we want to do here.

“Mame was away on compassionate leave for 10 days when I arrived, but he has worked exceptionally hard and he is a really good professional inside the building.

“Both of them are certainly in contention because they are two very good players, who are doing the right things throughout the week.”