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Lawrence says he is ready to play

Liam Lawrence
Lawrence was Stoke's joint top-scorer last season (Getty)

Stoke City midfielder Liam Lawrence says he is winning his battle to be fit for Saturday's season-opener at Bolton.

The 26-year-old underwent a groin operation in May and has managed to play in just 12 minutes of the Potters' pre-season campaign.

He told BBC Radio Stoke: "I'm getting there; I've been training hard all week to be ready for Saturday.

"I'll be trying to persuade [manager Tony Pulis] that I'm ready but he will make the final decision."

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Bolton v Stoke
14 Aug 08 |  Premier League

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