Jonathan Woodgate plays in Stoke City friendly

Stoke City defender Jonathan Woodgate
Woodgate did not feature in the Europa League win over Hajduk Split

New signing Jonathan Woodgate played 45 minutes for Stoke City in their 0-0 friendly draw against Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday.

Eight of the team that began the Europa League victory over Hajduk Split on Thursday started at Hillsborough.

"It was a useful workout," assistant manager Dave Kemp told BBC Radio Stoke.

"We were able to put out all of our players and get 45 minutes under their belt. It's our last practice match and I think we're ready to go."

He continued: "From now on in, they're all competitive games, starting with the second leg against Split on Thursday."

Injury-prone Woodgate, 31, played alongside captain Ryan Shawcross in the centre of the Potters' defence in the first half, with Robert Huth switching to right-back.

"It was a chance for him [Woodgate] to get some playing time," said Kemp. "It's something we could see during the season, of course, but I wouldn't read too much into it.

"He's one of our players now and we want to see him on the pitch."

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