Shay to play reserves game for Stoke first

The question was on various news outlets leading up to the game against Swansea at the weekend and got answered cryptically by Mark Hughes in saying “He’s spoken to the lad…” giving a clue that “lad” wouldn’t quite fit the description for Shay at 39 years of age. But Shay was on the bench and is raring to go. He should turn out for Stoke reserves this week and any 90-minute game will be a good test for his fitness levels and how he’s looking for a full return to Premiership duty. Perhaps it will serve not only Stoke but perhaps Shay too in the long run, given that Ireland also need a ‘fit’ goalkeeper with lots of experience for the trip to France in the Summer.

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