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Pulis tells Fuller to lose weight

Ricardo Fuller
Fuller joined Stoke from Southampton in August 2006

Stoke striker Ricardo Fuller has said he has been told to lose weight by Potters manager Tony Pulis.

The 29-year-old was Stoke's leading scorer with 11 goals last season, but has yet to find the net in the Premier League this term.

Fuller told BBC Stoke: "The gaffer said that I've gained a bit of weight and that I need to lose some.

"I drink a lot of protein shakes and things like that. I need the weight because my main strength is my power."

Fuller struggled for match fitness during the tail end of last season after dislocating his right shoulder in the 2-0 defeat at Sunderland in February.

I know that I need to get some running done

Ricardo Fuller

A long spell with the Jamaican national team during the summer limited his pre-season fitness programme and Fuller believes he is still striving to get back to his best.

"I know I need to pick my fitness up because I didn't have a proper pre-season," he added.

"In games, the lads keep putting the ball in the corners so I just keep chasing after it.

"I know that I need to get some running done. When I'm on the pitch I just run and run to try and make something out of nothing for the team."

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