Thomas played 45 more minutes of pre-season today, appearing in the second half of Stoke City’s friendly v. Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park, replacing Asmir Begovic at half time. The match ended 1-1, with Thomas keeping a clean sheet during his time on the pitch.
Thomas Sorensen was in the starting XI for Stoke City’s pre-season friendly against TSV 1860 München earlier today, appearing for the first 45 minutes only, as the Potters made 10 changes to the team for the second half, with young Austrian Daniel Bachmann the replacement for Sorensen at the break. The match ended in a 2-0 defeat for the Potters, though Thomas was only on the pitch for one of the goals conceded.
Following the match, Sorensen tweeted: “Not the result we wanted today but a solid workout for everyone. Great to see so many Stokies in Reit im Winkel." Thomas has now played 90 minutes of pre-season, with Stoke’s other goalkeepers Bachmann and Jack Butland having played 45 minutes each and Asmir Begovic yet to play.
Stoke City’s next friendly is against FC Schalke 04 on July 29th.
Thomas Sorensen is one of three Stoke City goalkeepers named in manager Mark Hughes’ 23-man squad for the Potters’ pre-season training camp and friendlies in Germany. Thomas is named alongside Daniel Bachmann and Jack Butland in the squad, which will participate in three friendlies over the course of their 12-day stay in Germany: v. Borussia Mönchengladbach on July 20th, v. TSV 1860 München on July 26th and v. FC Schalke 04 on July 29th. Fellow goalkeeper Asmir Begovic is expected to join up with the squad following the first of these fixtures, having been granted additional time away from training due to his involvement in the World Cup. The rest of the squad, including Sorensen, have arrived the Traunstein district of Germany and begun training today ahead of their first friendly on Sunday.
It has also been confirmed that Thomas will retain the number 29 shirt for Stoke City’s forthcoming season. [x]