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James Beattie faces uncertain future at Stoke despite returning to full fitness

08 Apr 2010 16:03:08

James Beattie faces uncertain future at Stoke despite returning to full fitness

Stoke manager Tony Pulis appears to have ruled out the possibility of a return for striker James Beattie this weekend. The 32-year-old former England forward has not played for seven weeks due to a knee injury which required surgery. He played a full 90 minutes for the reserves earlier this week but Pulis is still unlikely to include him in his squad for Sunday's Barclays Premier League trip to Wolves. Pottering along: James Beattie has been out with a knee injury but turned out for the second-string earlier this week With a fitness doubt over striker Ricardo Fuller, that will do little to quell speculation over Beattie's future at the Britannia Stadium. That has seemed uncertain since a high-profile row between the player and Pulis in the dressing room at Arsenal last December. Clash: Beattie allegedly clashed with manager Tony Pulis in the dressing room at Emirates Stadium Pulis said: 'He played in a reserve game on Tuesday and looked a little bit short to be honest. The lad Louis Moult has been on the bench. If Ric is not fit I will most probably go with Louis. 'He has done really well and scored a lot of goals in the reserves and did well again the other night.' Fuller is the Potters' chief concern ahead of the trip to Molineux due to an ankle injury. The Jamaica international has scored in the last two matches but was forced off at half-time at Hull on Saturday. Pulis said: 'The only worry we have got is Ricardo, he is still bit sore.' There have been suggestions the Sunday's clash might be a good one for the 30-year-old to miss anyway because a booking would result in a two-match suspension. Fuller has received nine yellow cards this season but not playing would remove the threat of a ban as an amnesty comes into force next week. Pulis, however, is unlikely to take that issue into consideration in his selection. Pulis said: 'I will speak to Ric on Saturday, I will see how he feels. If he is fit and he wants to play and wants to start, then we will make a decision then.'   James Beattie looking to end Stoke career in a blaze of gloryBeattie embroiled in grievance claim with Stoke over clash with boss PulisStoke City 0 Aston Villa 0: Pulis plays down Tuncay's temper tantrumStriker Beattie beaten by knee injury as Stoke career looks overIreland's Lawrence could quit Stoke in summer to boost international careerSTOKE CITY FC


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