Potters managing Woody fitness

The former England international failed a late fitness test on
Saturday after previously starting every game. Stoke assistant Dave
Kemp insists there is nothing to worry about over the 31-year-old,
who has already played more minutes in the Premier League this
season than he managed all last term. “He pushed himself in a
training session,” Kemp explained. “It was just a case of him
wanting to do too much. “He doesn’t have to push himself, but when
players come to a new club they want to be a part of the group and
doing the same things as the rest of the squad. “We’ve got to
learn, and he’s got to learn, what he can and cannot do. He’s got
to learn to pull himself out of things and we, as a staff, have to
know when and when not to work him. “It’s all about the management
of time and bodies.” Woodgate is not involved in the Europa League
this week after being omitted from Stoke’s squad as they look to
save him for the Premier League.