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Stoke City wait on Ricardo Fuller injury news

Ricardo Fuller
Fuller has a history of shoulder and knee problems

Stoke City face an anxious wait to hear the extent of the shoulder injury suffered by striker Ricardo Fuller in the 2-1 defeat at Bolton.

Fuller, 30, fell awkwardly, injuring the same shoulder he dislocated in last month's win at Newcastle.

Potters boss Tony Pulis says the international break may be to blame.

"Everybody's got individual programmes, if they're away for 10 days you don't know what they're doing. I just hope he's OK," he told BBC Radio Stoke.

Fuller has a history of shoulder problems and the club have developed a regime designed to help him to minimise the risk of injury going into games.

"We do a lot of strength training and a lot of work on players," he said.

"Matty Etherington with his hamstrings and his back, Ric with his shoulders, everybody has their own programme.

"The problem is when they go away on international duty they're taken away from what we do," Pulis added.

Initial medical reports suggest that the shoulder did pop back into place relatively quickly, but the club must await the results of a scan to determine Fuller's fitness ahead of the visit of Manchester United on Saturday.



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