Stoke City Rule Out striker Departure

Stoke City manager Tony Pulis has dismissed any chance of striker Michael Owen leaving the club on loan in January.

Owen has made just five appearances for the Potters since his arrival in the summer on a free transfer as his injury problems continue to plague his career.

Even when fit it appears that Owen is at best fourth choice striker at the Britannia and with his one year contract up in the summer, he may be on the job hunt once again.

Now a part time pundit and racehorse owner, Owen may think about retirement after his latest spell has failed but Stoke have ruled out the chance of him leaving in the January transfer window.

Pulis was happy to give the former England striker a chance in the summer and his is willing to stick by him now, especially as Swansea have made an approach for forward Kenwyne Jones.

“There is absolutely no chance of Michael going out on loan,” Pulis told The Sun.

“He needs game time but I didn’t think it was right to bring him on against Palace on Tuesday.

“As a manager you have to make these decisions, irrespective of how big a name he is.”

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