Stoke City: Marc Muniesa fit to make his return for Potters

Marc Muniesa
Muniesa was an unused substitute for Barcelona in the 2009 Champions League final against Manchester United

Stoke defender Marc Muniesa has been passed fit for first team selection after recovering from a torn hamstring.

The 23-year-old Spaniard's last game was February's FA Cup fifth-round loss at Blackburn, but he played an hour for the club's Under-21s this week.

He now hopes to be involved in Saturday's home game against Spurs.

"I was a little bit tired because it's difficult after two and a half months off to play again, but I felt ok," Muniesa told BBC Radio Stoke.

Muniesa's magic moments in the North Midlands
Marc Muniesa has made just 18 Premier League starts in his two seasons at the Britannia Stadium. In total, he has made 38 appearances in all competitions, 12 of them as substitute.
His only two goals for the Potters both came in the same game - the 2-1 League Cup third round win at Premier League rivals Sunderland in August.

"It was good for me to get some minutes and build some rhythm for the next first-team game.

"I said to the coaches after the game against Swansea that I did not play in that I wanted to play and wanted to be involved again."

Former Barcelona defender Muniesa, who made his La Liga debut as a 17-year-old, has made 19 appearances this season. He was Mark Hughes' second signing when he joined Stoke in the summer of 2013.

Stoke go into Saturday's game 10th in the Premier League, 11 points behind Spurs, but three points ahead of 11th-placed Everton as they look to secure a top-10 finish for the second year running.

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