Shawcross reveals knee concern

17 September 2009 12:00
// A bit of a hack but it works// The article snippet is wrapped onto a second line, even when #article-sub is emptyif( $("div#article-sub").children().length == 0 ) {$("div#article-sub").remove();} Stoke City defender Ryan Shawcross has revealed he is currently on a limited training schedule as he is suffering from tendinitis in his knees.[LNB] The centre-half is training just once a week in bid to avoid further injury and maintain his ability to perform for the Potters on matchdays.[LNB]Shawcross has been instrumental in Stoke's impressive early season form but he has been restricted to gym work and physiotherapy as opposed to the usual training regimes.[LNB]Shawcross told The Sentinel: "I have been pleased with the way things have gone for me.[LNB]"I have been having a few injections in my knees and have only really trained on a Friday, so it has been really tough.[LNB]"But I keep fit during the week and have done all right so far, so I hope that continues.[LNB]"I am fine for the games and the manager has been very understanding with me. I want to train more, but my knees won't let me at the moment.[LNB]"It is just a bit of tendinitis. Most players get it and Dave Watson, our physio, has been working very hard with me."[LNB]ToughShawcross will be aiming to hold onto his place as Stoke travel to Bolton on Saturday in a fixture which threatened to derail his Premier League career last season.[LNB]The Trotters ran out 3-1 victors on the opening day of last season with the 21-year-old made a scapegoat for the defeat, losing his place in the side.[LNB]"It was a tough game there last season and a baptism of fire," said Shawcross.[LNB]"I made a couple of mistakes and I think they were highlighted because it was the first game of the season.[LNB]"But in most teams in the Premier League, if you have a bad game, you are likely to be replaced.[LNB]"It took me a while to get back in the team, but when I returned, I stayed there. I know there's a lot of competition here and that's why I have to keep performing."[LNB]The former Manchester United defender has attracted interest from Everton and Liverpool in recent months and has also been tipped with an outside chance of making Fabio Capello's England squad.[LNB]However, the youngster is refusing to let the hype go to his head, adding: "If you are playing well and you are English, then sometimes you get linked to a call up.[LNB]"I am hoping that one day it will happen, but I don't really think about it."[LNB]

Source: SKY_Sports