Sport Hughes hints at Butland start

15:45  21 april  2017
15:45  21 april  2017 Source:   Sky Sports

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MARK HUGHES has hinted that Jack Butland could be handed his first Premier League start in over 12 months in South Wales this weekend. The England international hasn’t featured for the Potters since a 2-1 triumph over Watford at Vicarage Road last March

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Mark Hughes has confirmed Jack Butland is in contention to make his first Premier League start in over a year when Stoke City travel to Swansea on Saturday.

Butland has not featured for the Potters since March 2016 after breaking his ankle while in action for England against Germany.

The 24-year-old was on the bench for last weekend's 3-1 win over Hull City and Hughes is happy with the progress he has made in training.

"Jack has had another really good week and I think it is fair to say that he is in my mind," the Welshman said. "This weekend is a possibility of course, but I will see how he goes in training today.

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"Whatever my decision is though, he will definitely be getting game-time over the coming weeks because it is important to get him out there so we know he is going to be fully ready to go again next season."

January signing Saido Berahino has started Stoke's last six Premier matches but is still searching for his first Potters goal and was hauled off after 58 minutes against Hull for Peter Crouch, who quickly scored.

Berahino is now without a goal in 10 appearances for his new club but Hughes remains optimistic the former West Brom forward will soon find the net.

"I think everybody can see that he is getting stronger," Hughes said. "He needs a goal. That is what all strikers need just to settle into a club and he has been close in recent weeks.

Butland: Hardest year of my life

  Butland: Hardest year of my life Stoke goalkeeper Jack Butland is ready for a return to Premier League action after playing 90 minutes for the first time this season. Butland came through the full 90 minutes with the Stoke Under-23's on Monday in their 2-0 defeat to Brighton at the Amex, on his return from an ankle injury after 13 months out.The 24-year-old suffered a stress fracture while playing for England in a friendly against Germany in March last year, and his only outings for Stoke's senior team since then came during pre-season friendlies back in the summer.

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"It is only a matter of time. Maybe people thought he deserved a few more minutes because he was getting close but those are the decisions I, as a manager, have to take.

"But, as we have seen, Saido is getting closer to the level we know he is capable of and he'll score goals before the end of the season. We are convinced of that.

"Even if he doesn't, he is going to be in great shape for next year. He was always of the view that next year would when he could really hit the ground running with a full pre-season behind him.

"He'll probably be disappointed when the season ends because he is only getting going again."

Hughes is hopeful of having midfield duo Joe Allen and Glenn Whelan back available for the game at the Liberty Stadium.

Allen, an ex-Swans player, and Whelan have trained this week after missing the victory over Hull last weekend due to a hamstring problem and virus respectively. Forward Jon Walters' knee issue is being monitored, but he should be fine to be involved.

Rules Don’t Apply .
Billionaire Howard Hughes is clearly still a person of interest to many even after his death in 1976 and his quirky characteristics have been injected into everything from video game BioShock to 2004 movie The Aviator, starring Hollywood icon Leonardo DiCaprio. The latest effort paying homage to Hughes is Rules Don’t Apply, helmed by veteran director Warren Beatty, who also steps into the shoes of the late entrepreneur. While his performance isn’t half bad, the same can’t be said for the film itself. Set in the glamorous years of Old Hollywood, the story begins with Hughes hiding behind a curtain as journalists await confirmation on whether his mental health is really deteriorating – as claimed by an author set to publish a tell-all book on him. Flashback several years to 1958 and we meet young driver to the stars Frank Forbes (Ehrenreich), who works for Mr Hughes but has yet to meet him, so relies on his colleague Levar Mathis (Matthew Broderick) to show him the ropes. There’s one important rule which the drivers must follow above all else: do NOT get involved with the actresses on Hughes' payroll, something which Frank finds difficult to abide by when he meets aspiring star Marla Mabrey (Collins). Lo and behold, Marla and Frank develop feelings for each other, but little do they truly know the other’s true commitments to Hughes himself.

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