|STOKE v MANCHESTER CITY: TEAM NEWS|
SportingPreview.com: 15 September 2012
Michael Owen, who joined last week having previously been a free agent, is among several new Stoke signings hoping to make their debuts for The Potters against Manchester City in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon. Owen says he is fit to play and will be assessed by manager Tony Pulis.
Steven Nzonzi and Maurice Edu could also make their first Stoke appearances while Charlie Adam may get a first start after making his bow as a substitute in the 2-2 draw at Wigan on September 1st.
Winger Matthew Etherington and defender Andy Wilkinson, recently injured with a hamstring problem and concussion respectively, could be back in the team, but midfielder Jamie Ness is still out injured.
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Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero could return from a knee injury for the visit to the Britannia Stadium.
Mario Balotelli is finally clear to play after undergoing minor eye surgery during the international break.
Midfielder Gareth Barry is not yet fully fit and defender Micah Richards remains sidelined while deadline-day signings Maicon, Matija Nastastic, Javi Garcia and Scott Sinclair could all play some part.
Stoke Squad: Begovic, Sorensen, Huth, Shawcross, Cameron, Upson, Wilkinson, Shotton, Wilson, Whelan, Etherington, Pennant, Delap, Palacios, Jones, Jerome, Crouch, Walters, Kightly, Whitehead, Adam, Edu, Nzonzi, Owen.
Manchester City Squad: Hart, Pantilimon, Wright, Maicon, Zabaleta, Kompany, Lescott, K Toure, Nastasic, Clichy, Kolarov, Nasri, Milner, Y Toure, Rodwell, Silva, Garcia, Sinclair, Aguero, Dzeko, Balotelli, Tevez, Razak.
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