Stoke City keeper Haugaard set for debut

The young Danish keeper will have large boots to fill when he steps in for the injured Jack Butland at the weekend.

Stoke City back-up stopper Jakob Haugaard is being readied for his first Premier League appearance of the season, at home to Swansea on Saturday.

Jack Butland being ruled out for a minimum of three months has forced the hand of manager Mark Hughes, and Sky Sports report that he will hand the Dane his league debut at the weekend.

Hughes brought Hauggard to the Britannia last summer from FC Midtjylland on a three-year deal.

He has played twice for the Potters this season - both in the FA Cup, and has deputised for Butland on the Stoke City bench since Shay Given was ruled out with a knee injury in October.

The team from the Potteries will be hoping that they do not miss their England international goalkeeper too much. His fine performances have helped Stoke into 8th in the Premier League, and they sit just five points off of fourth place.

There will be a lot of pressure on the young shoulders of Haugaard, 23, who will be tasked with the unenviable role of replacing one of Stoke's best performers all season.

The former Midtjylland man has represented his country at both Under-18 and Under-20 levels, and he will be hoping the step up to the Premier League isn't one he cannot handle. 

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