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Thomas returns to the bench for Stoke City tonight as the Potters take on his former club Sunderland at the Stadium Of Light. Asmir Begovic has recovered earlier than expected from a fractured finger and Jack Butland has returned to being Stoke’s third choice ‘keeper. I wish Asmir Begovic well, however I will make no secret of the fact that, as a supporter of Sorensen’s, I am disappointed in Mark Hughes’ decision to leave Thomas out of the first team, given that he has missed much less training than teammate Begovic. However, I respect all of Stoke City’s goalkeepers and I understand that Asmir is an extremely talented Premier League ‘keeper in whom Stoke have trusted and who has justified that trust with many superb performances, so for that reason I must also accept and respect the manager’s choice to return to the goalkeeping arrangement as it was before Begovic’s injury. I continue to remain hopeful for Thomas in the future, and as a Stoke fan myself, I continue to remain hopeful that that future lies with Stoke City. Until such a time that Thomas’ status as second choice goalkeeper at Stoke should change one way or another, I will not be placing updates about team news for the Potters on this blog - the assumption will be that Sorensen shall be on the bench for Stoke City unless I place an update to the contrary. I’m doing this so that I do not run the risk of having to discuss this issue again as it is one I feel strongly about and therefore do not want to say anything which could be misinterpreted as disrespectful to Thomas’ teammates, manager or club. I, like Thomas, wish to behave in a sporting manner and conduct myself with at least a modicum of the dignity he himself has shown.

Thomas returns to the bench for Stoke City tonight as the Potters take on his former club Sunderland at the Stadium Of Light. Asmir Begovic has recovered earlier than expected from a fractured finger and Jack Butland has returned to being Stoke’s third choice ‘keeper. I wish Asmir Begovic well, however I will make no secret of the fact that, as a supporter of Sorensen’s, I am disappointed in Mark Hughes’ decision to leave Thomas out of the first team, given that he has missed much less training than teammate Begovic. However, I respect all of Stoke City’s goalkeepers and I understand that Asmir is an extremely talented Premier League ‘keeper in whom Stoke have trusted and who has justified that trust with many superb performances, so for that reason I must also accept and respect the manager’s choice to return to the goalkeeping arrangement as it was before Begovic’s injury. I continue to remain hopeful for Thomas in the future, and as a Stoke fan myself, I continue to remain hopeful that that future lies with Stoke City. Until such a time that Thomas’ status as second choice goalkeeper at Stoke should change one way or another, I will not be placing updates about team news for the Potters on this blog - the assumption will be that Sorensen shall be on the bench for Stoke City unless I place an update to the contrary. I’m doing this so that I do not run the risk of having to discuss this issue again as it is one I feel strongly about and therefore do not want to say anything which could be misinterpreted as disrespectful to Thomas’ teammates, manager or club. I, like Thomas, wish to behave in a sporting manner and conduct myself with at least a modicum of the dignity he himself has shown.

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Mark Hughes has today confirmed that - despite Thomas Sorensen’s return to training last week - Jack Butland will continue in goal for the Potters in the Premier Leauge away to Crystal Palace this weekend. Thomas remains just two matches away from 100 Premier League starts for the Potters - a landmark only nine previous ‘keepers have reached for the club in its 151 year history. One goalkeeper to reach the landmark for the Potters is Asmir Begovic, who remains sidelined with a broken finger, but will have a scan to establish his progress with the injury on Monday.

Mark Hughes has today confirmed that - despite Thomas Sorensen’s return to training last week - Jack Butland will continue in goal for the Potters in the Premier Leauge away to Crystal Palace this weekend. Thomas remains just two matches away from 100 Premier League starts for the Potters - a landmark only nine previous ‘keepers have reached for the club in its 151 year history. One goalkeeper to reach the landmark for the Potters is Asmir Begovic, who remains sidelined with a broken finger, but will have a scan to establish his progress with the injury on Monday.

  
"I think [Tony Pulis] will be remembered as one of the great managers of Stoke City, because of the FA Cup final, promotion and being able to stay in the Premier League. You see a lot of teams have one or two good seasons then go down, but after six or seven years we are still here. A lot has been said about the way we played when we first came into the Premier League, but I think he’s had a lot of success and we have to realise it’s been on a relatively small budget compared to a lot of other clubs. There was always a clear line about how we should play and I always thought that was an advantage. You might disagree and think we should have been more expansive, but we always had a game plan and a clear path of where we were going. It is nice when there is a an emphasis on what the defence is doing, it makes things easier as a goalkeeper because we were so well drilled that you can focus more on your own job instead of worrying about other people being in the right place." - Thomas talking about life at Stoke City under Tony Pulis ahead of the Potters’ meeting with Pulis’ new club Crystal Palace this weekend.

"I think [Tony Pulis] will be remembered as one of the great managers of Stoke City, because of the FA Cup final, promotion and being able to stay in the Premier League. You see a lot of teams have one or two good seasons then go down, but after six or seven years we are still here. A lot has been said about the way we played when we first came into the Premier League, but I think he’s had a lot of success and we have to realise it’s been on a relatively small budget compared to a lot of other clubs. There was always a clear line about how we should play and I always thought that was an advantage. You might disagree and think we should have been more expansive, but we always had a game plan and a clear path of where we were going. It is nice when there is a an emphasis on what the defence is doing, it makes things easier as a goalkeeper because we were so well drilled that you can focus more on your own job instead of worrying about other people being in the right place." - Thomas talking about life at Stoke City under Tony Pulis ahead of the Potters’ meeting with Pulis’ new club Crystal Palace this weekend.

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"It’s really good training with keepers like Thomas Sørensen…Begovic, Butland. Thomas Sørensen is really experienced and, you know, he gives really good tips. All three of them to be honest. It’s really good working with all three of them.” - Stoke City’s U-21s goalkeeper Daniel Bachmann, who has been training with the first team squad this season, speaking to Stoke City’s Youtube Channel [x].

"It’s really good training with keepers like Thomas Sørensen…Begovic, Butland. Thomas Sørensen is really experienced and, you know, he gives really good tips. All three of them to be honest. It’s really good working with all three of them.” - Stoke City’s U-21s goalkeeper Daniel Bachmann, who has been training with the first team squad this season, speaking to Stoke City’s Youtube Channel [x].

  
"We’ve lost an exceptional keeper in Asmir [Begovic], but Thomas is an outstanding keeper and has loads of experience. Thomas is in possession and has done well. He could not be faulted for any of the goals in my view.” - Mark Hughes. 

"We’ve lost an exceptional keeper in Asmir [Begovic], but Thomas is an outstanding keeper and has loads of experience. Thomas is in possession and has done well. He could not be faulted for any of the goals in my view.” - Mark Hughes. 

  

However Stoke manager Mark Hughes is hopeful he WILL be able to train again next week. Jack Butland will start for Stoke tomorrow with 19 year-old Austrian Daniel Bachmann on the bench.

  
Thomas has today had a scan on the Achilles injury he suffered during Stoke City’s New Year’s Day match against Everton in the Premier League. The news appears to be positive, with Thomas stating that no serious damage was revealed, and it is believed that the injury was simply a recurrence of a problem which Thomas had been struggling with towards the end of last season and that Thomas’ decision to withdraw from the match at half time could well have spared him a more lengthy lay-off. With 10 days before Stoke’s next Premier League match (against Liverpool at the Britannia Stadium, Sunday January 12th) and Stoke’s regular first choice goalkeeper Asmir Begovic still sidelined with a broken finger, there is hope that Thomas could still recover in time to start for the Potters and may perhaps even be fit enough to make the bench for Stoke’s FA Cup tie with Leicester this Saturday, where Jack Butland is expected to make his full Stoke debut. Butland has sent Thomas his best wishes via Twitter, whilst also celebrating making his Stoke debut, and I’m sure all Sorensen Daily readers  wish him all the best of luck as he takes over as Stoke’s cup ‘keeper in Thomas and Begovic’s absence. I’d also like to add the very best of wishes for Thomas himself - may he make a speedy recovery and return to Premier League action very soon, as we all know it is an opportunity he has been waiting for a long time now and is something he deserves to enjoy ahead of Begovic’s recovery.
Speaking after to The Sentinel after the match yesterday, Thomas said: “I felt [the Achilles] go on a through-ball. I sprinted off the line and felt a pain. It felt like a recurrence of an injury I suffered towards the end of last season and it’s painful. I tried to play on, but by half-time I couldn’t put any weight on my right leg, so there was no way I could continue. I have to let it settle down and then I’ll have a scan. We will have to see. From past experience I know it can be pretty tricky to treat.”
At the time of Thomas’ departure from the pitch, Stoke were holding Everton to a 0-0, however the Potters went on to take the lead in the game through Assaidi and were on course to win the game until an injury-time penalty saw Everton equalise: “The display from everyone was superb after two tough results. It was always going to be a hard game, but we showed we were well up for it. It was a bit of a soft penalty to give away and a it was a heartbreaker to see the win slip through our fingers. But we have to take the positives and move on. As long as we keep picking up points, that’s the most important thing. It was a massive change from when we played Everton a couple of months ago [where Stoke were deservedly beaten 4-0] and we were the stronger team. We worked hard and almost pulled off a very good win.”
Should Thomas not be fit in time for both Cup and League action, Stoke manager Mark Hughes will be expected to bring 19 year-old Austrian ‘keeper Daniel Bachmann, who has this season been training and travelling with the first team in order to gain experience, into his matchday squad.

Thomas has today had a scan on the Achilles injury he suffered during Stoke City’s New Year’s Day match against Everton in the Premier League. The news appears to be positive, with Thomas stating that no serious damage was revealed, and it is believed that the injury was simply a recurrence of a problem which Thomas had been struggling with towards the end of last season and that Thomas’ decision to withdraw from the match at half time could well have spared him a more lengthy lay-off. With 10 days before Stoke’s next Premier League match (against Liverpool at the Britannia Stadium, Sunday January 12th) and Stoke’s regular first choice goalkeeper Asmir Begovic still sidelined with a broken finger, there is hope that Thomas could still recover in time to start for the Potters and may perhaps even be fit enough to make the bench for Stoke’s FA Cup tie with Leicester this Saturday, where Jack Butland is expected to make his full Stoke debut. Butland has sent Thomas his best wishes via Twitter, whilst also celebrating making his Stoke debut, and I’m sure all Sorensen Daily readers  wish him all the best of luck as he takes over as Stoke’s cup ‘keeper in Thomas and Begovic’s absence. I’d also like to add the very best of wishes for Thomas himself - may he make a speedy recovery and return to Premier League action very soon, as we all know it is an opportunity he has been waiting for a long time now and is something he deserves to enjoy ahead of Begovic’s recovery.

Speaking after to The Sentinel after the match yesterday, Thomas said: “I felt [the Achilles] go on a through-ball. I sprinted off the line and felt a pain. It felt like a recurrence of an injury I suffered towards the end of last season and it’s painful. I tried to play on, but by half-time I couldn’t put any weight on my right leg, so there was no way I could continue. I have to let it settle down and then I’ll have a scan. We will have to see. From past experience I know it can be pretty tricky to treat.”

At the time of Thomas’ departure from the pitch, Stoke were holding Everton to a 0-0, however the Potters went on to take the lead in the game through Assaidi and were on course to win the game until an injury-time penalty saw Everton equalise: “The display from everyone was superb after two tough results. It was always going to be a hard game, but we showed we were well up for it. It was a bit of a soft penalty to give away and a it was a heartbreaker to see the win slip through our fingers. But we have to take the positives and move on. As long as we keep picking up points, that’s the most important thing. It was a massive change from when we played Everton a couple of months ago [where Stoke were deservedly beaten 4-0] and we were the stronger team. We worked hard and almost pulled off a very good win.”

Should Thomas not be fit in time for both Cup and League action, Stoke manager Mark Hughes will be expected to bring 19 year-old Austrian ‘keeper Daniel Bachmann, who has this season been training and travelling with the first team in order to gain experience, into his matchday squad.

  
Thomas was taken off at half time today having pulled up with an injury during Stoke City’s Premier League tie with Everton at the Britannia Stadium. Potters manager Mark Hughes told BBC Radio Stoke that the medical staff do not currently know the seriousness of the problem, which is an injury to his Achilles, sustained when he went to retrieve a ball which had gone out of play. Stoke’s usual first choice goalkeeper Asmir Begovic remains sidelined with a broken finger and Thomas was replaced by Jack Butland for the remainder of the match. Butland is now expected to continue in goal for Stoke when they face Leicester in the FA Cup this weekend. It is not yet known how long Thomas will be sidelined for and Stoke expect to find out tomorrow following further assessment and scans.

Thomas was taken off at half time today having pulled up with an injury during Stoke City’s Premier League tie with Everton at the Britannia Stadium. Potters manager Mark Hughes told BBC Radio Stoke that the medical staff do not currently know the seriousness of the problem, which is an injury to his Achilles, sustained when he went to retrieve a ball which had gone out of play. Stoke’s usual first choice goalkeeper Asmir Begovic remains sidelined with a broken finger and Thomas was replaced by Jack Butland for the remainder of the match. Butland is now expected to continue in goal for Stoke when they face Leicester in the FA Cup this weekend. It is not yet known how long Thomas will be sidelined for and Stoke expect to find out tomorrow following further assessment and scans.

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