Date:Monday February 20 2012
Swansea City midfielder Joe Allen says he hopes to return to action at Stoke City this Sunday.
The Welshman missed the home defeat against Norwich City with a hamstring problem. Manager Brendan Rodgers didn't want to risk him so he sat it down, which has given him extra time to recover - hopefully in time to play this weekend.
Joe Allen told the Official Site:
'I was really disappointed to miss the Norwich game, but my injury meant I had to sit it out,'
'I felt it a few days after the West Brom game, and I just couldn't risk it. I've learned that you can make do with niggles here and there, but with a hamstring problem you have to be careful.
'But as we were without a game last weekend it allowed me to work one-on-one with the medical staff and I hope to be in full training this week.
'With that behind me, I then hope to be available for the game at Stoke on Sunday.'
Allen also talked about the home game against Stoke, which they won 2-0, and they'll be looking to do the double over Pulis' side:
'We took a lot from that game. It wasn't just the points, but it was the performance.
'We proved a lot of people wrong who said we were just a pretty passing team.
'Stoke are very dangerous in the air and they play to their strengths, and it is very difficult to combat.
'But on that day we stuck to a plan that worked exactly how the manager wanted it to.
'The way we play is easy on the eye and we get the best out ourselves with that approach. But we'll also have to show once again that we can battle and dig deep when we need to.
'It will be a noisy place to go because their fans are very vocal, but it's up to us to keep them quiet.'
Date:Monday February 20 2012
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