Pulis won’t rush Shawcross return

The talented defender has not featured for The Potters since his

infamous tackle with Aaron Ramsey that left the Arsenal starlet

with a broken leg. Pulis is eager for Shawcross to feature between

now and the end of the season to boost his chances of making the

England’s squad for South Africa. The Potters boss has confirmed

Shawcross picked up a fresh injury to his foot in training,

although he does not believe the injury to be too serious. While

Pulis is keen to have Shawcross back in his side as soon as

possible he is against rushing him back into action and suffering a

new setback. “He’s hurt his foot again,” he told The Sentinel.

“He’s gone in for a challenge in training and had a kick right on

the spot, so there’s no way we could risk him again. “He’s a very

important player for us and we are determined to go carefully with

him. “We want him to go with England to South Africa, and if that

were to happen it would be a great achievement for the lad and for

the football club. “But our priority is the team, and it won’t do

Ryan any good to put him back in before he’s really ready.”