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Jones Names Starting XI

Charlie Adam

CHARLIE ADAM has been handed a recall to the starting line-up for this afternoon’s Championship showdown with Aston Villa.

The Scottish ace returns to the XI for the first time since starring in the side which secured a 2-1 triumph over promotion hopefuls Leeds United last month.

The midfielder returned to the matchday squad following a calf injury last weekend, but has been handed a starting role against the Villans with Ryan Woods dropping down to the bench.

The rest of the line-up remains unchanged from the one which claimed a point on the road at Ipswich Town last time out.

Jack Butland ushers a back four that comprises of Tom Edwards, skipper Danny Batth, Bruno Martins Indi and Sam Clucas.

Adam sits in the holding midfield role with Nigerian star Peter Etebo and Joe Allen deployed in the two advanced central roles.

Tom Ince and James McClean continue on the flanks with former Burnley frontman Sam Vokes spearheading the side.

Stoke City: Butland; Edwards, Batth (C), Martins Indi, Clucas; Adam; Ince, Allen, Etebo, McClean; Vokes. Subs: Federici, Williams, Shawcross, Woods, Bojan, Afobe, Diouf.

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