Stoke take 15-man squad to Valencia

Stoke have travelled to Spain for their Europa League last 32 second leg tie with Valencia with only 15 fit and available players to pick from.

The Britannia Stadium outfit have been forced to leave a number of senior players at home in England due to exhaustion, injury and fatigue; Ryan Shawcross, Glenn Whelan, Marc Wilson, Dean Whitehead, Matthew Etherington, Jon Walters and Peter Crouch are part of the group that are not available for the game.

Robert Huth is currently serving a three-match domestic ban for a red card against Sunderland, and therefore is expected to play for the Potters at the Mestalla.

The Premier League side trail 1-0 from the first leg, as a Mehmet Topal strike has given Unai Emery’s men the advantage going into Thursday’s encounter.

Striker Cameron Jerome has admitted that his side are underdogs, but believes Tony Pulis’ men can get a result.

“Nobody is really expecting us to go there and win the game, which could well work to our advantage,” he told Mirror Football.

“It’s going to be incredibly difficult over there – we know that. But if we go there with the right mindset, then we are capable of getting ourselves back in the tie.

“They are big favourites now but in football anything can happen. All we need is a goal and then the whole complexion of the match changes,” he stated.

Stoke Squad for Valencia fixture:

Begovic, Sorensen, Huth, Collins, Shotton, Woodgate, Diao, Pennant, Delap, Arismendi, Palacios, Dawson, Jones, Fuller, Jerome

By Gareth McKnight

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