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.