Crouch: No regrets over Spurs exit
Peter Crouch says he has "no regrets" about leaving Tottenham for Stoke.
The England international striker joined the Potters on the deadline day of the summer transfer window and will face his former club on Sunday (live on FOX Soccer, 11 a.m. ET).
Spurs are flying high this season after 10 wins in 11 Premier League matches so it would be understandable if Crouch had some regrets about leaving.
But having watched Harry Redknapp sign Emmanuel Adebayor on loan, the 30-year-old knew his chances would be limited in North London.
Crouch said in The Sun: "No regrets at all. There is a real buzz around here. I love the feeling of being part of something special which is what is going on at Stoke.
"There’s something special going on at Spurs too, but they brought in Emmanuel Adebayor and I knew my chances would be limited and I’d be watching from the bench. As good as they are to watch, I’m not one for that!
"I want to play and be at a place where I feel wanted. The boss was dying to get me here and I felt the club was going in the right direction."
Stoke manager Tony Pulis could welcome back midfielders Jermaine Pennant and Rory Delap for the visit of Spurs.
The pair missed last weekend’s win at Everton with minor knocks but could come back into contention for the clash with Redknapp’s in-form side.Andy Wilkinson injured his back in training yesterday and a late decision will be made over his participation, while goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen is fine after sustaining mild concussion at Goodison Park.
Tottenham will gave fitness tests to Jermain Defoe (hamstring) and Gareth Bale (foot) before deciding whether they travel with the squad to face Stoke at the Britannia Stadium on Sunday.
Rafael van der Vaart has recovered from his hamstring injury but Ledley King is a doubt with the knee problem that ruled him out of last weekend’s win against Bolton.
Sandro is struggling with a groin problem while long-term absentees Michael Dawson (Achilles), Tom Huddlestone (ankle) and Niko Kranjcar (thigh) remain out.