Tony Pulis admits to player problems

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Stoke City manager Tony Pulis has admitted he is facing a potential selection dilemma with several players airing their frustrations.

The Potteries club boss has allowed Michael Tonge and Danny Pugh to depart the Britannia Stadium on loan after finding their first-team opportunities limited.

Republic of Ireland international Glenn Whelan is also wanting more game time after dropping down the pecking order, but Pulis is not prepared to let him, or a disgruntled Eidur Gudjohnsen, leave at the moment.

"We have just let Michael Tonge and Danny Pugh go out on loan to Preston because they are desperate to play," he said.

"Players want to play games and you have to understand and recognise that.

"It is very difficult for players to be sat on the sidelines week in, week out. Glenn has played a great part at this football club and we don't want him to go.

"I understand the situation he is in and the way he is feeling – that is really the right way to be."

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