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.