Stoke veteran declares himself fit for visit of Tottenham

Stoke City are still in contention for a Europa league spot, as they sit five points behind sixth placed West Ham United.

Sky Sports are reporting that Stoke City goalkeeper Shay Given has declared himself fit for the visit of Tottenham Hotspur on Monday night, and is adamant that he is ready should Mark Hughes give him the call to start.

Since Jack Butland's season was prematurely ended, the Potters have shipped six goals in their last two outings, including last weekend's 4-1 drubbing at Anfield.

Given's return could be a timely boost for Hughes and his Stoke side, but he refused to blame young Danish stand-in Jakob Haugaard for the Potters' defensive frailties, although he did say he will be ready to play if called upon:

"I wouldn't say he's really to blame for any of the goals individually. In this day and age, whenever goals go in, the finger gets pointed at the goalkeeper and then they work their way back from there. There wasn't just a goalkeeper at Liverpool on Sunday. There were 11 players in total and we win as a team and lose as a team."

"I'm ready but I haven't really spoken to the gaffer about the situation. The gaffer makes that call and he's watching training every day and I'm sure on Monday he will make the decision, but I am ready."

Given, 39, has only made two appearances for Stoke this term, both of those coming in the Capital One Cup, but someone of his experience could prove to be priceless as the Potters head into the final stretch.

The Republic of Ireland international finished off by saying how he would like to end the season with a run of games under his belt:

"Thankfully, my knee is a lot better and I am ready to go. Hopefully, before the end of the season, I'll get a game or two, or three, or four, or five."

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