Last Updated: Fri, 11 Oct 2013 09:48
Jermaine Pennant is hoping to win his place back in the Stoke starting XI for the game with West Brom after missing the loss at Fulham.
The winger was expected to play some part in the match at Craven Cottage before he failed a late fitness test with a groin injury he first suffered during the Capital One Cup tie with Tranmere.
The 30-year-old has since struggled to shake off the effects of the problem but hopes the ongoing international break will provide him with a big enough window to recover from the injury.
Pennant is now looking to prove his fitness in an in-house training game on Friday and is keeping his fingers crossed he can do enough to regain his spot in the starting XI for the clash with West Brom.
"The injury happened in the midweek game against Tranmere when my groin went tight," he told the Sentinel.
"Then when I came on against Norwich a few days later I felt it again and was in a bit of trouble with it.
"I missed a couple of days training and when I tested it the groin wasn't great.
"But it's fine now after some rest and treatment and hopefully I will play some part in the West Brom game."
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