Beattie aiming for Potters return

The 32-year-old completed 90 minutes in a reserve game with West
Ham on Tuesday evening after suffering from a knee injury that has
kept him out of action since February’s 1-1 draw with Manchester
City. The former Everton man underwent surgery on the problem
towards the end of March and now wants to figure in Tony Pulis’
plans for the season’s remaining fixtures. The Potters have six
games left to play and virtually secured their Premier League
status by defeating struggling Hull City on Saturday. Beattie told
the Stoke Sentinel: “It was good to play the full game and the knee
feels fine. Hopefully I can force my way back into the first-team
in these last six games.” Beattie’s future at the club had been put
into doubt earlier in the season following a reported bust-up with
manager Tony Pulis, however he has taken the opportunity to
reaffirm his commitment to the Potters’ cause. “I’m a Stoke player
and as long as that is the case I’ll continue to do my best for the
club,” he added.