Stoke City: Wilson Palacios hoping for a Blackburn Rovers return
WILSON Palacios says he is fully fit and raring to go after recovering from the knee injury which has wrecked his first three months at Stoke.
The 27-year-old midfielder has played only 38 minutes in the Premier League after being held back by the injury he was suffering from when he completed a £6m move from Spurs to City in August.
He has had four starts in Europa League or Carling Cup action, but is ready to play against Blackburn in the Premier League on Saturday if required.
He said: "I am 100 per cent and at the manager's disposal, but it is up to Tony Pulis to put me in the team.
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"I am happy at Stoke. I came here with a bad injury, but now I'm ready to play."
The Honduras international is eager to show supporters what he can do after spending the start of the season largely on the sidelines. He missed pre-season training at Spurs because of the injury, so Stoke have been careful not to rush him back into action.
He wants to impress supporters, but says he is taking nothing for granted as he faces stiff competition for a central midfield spot.
Speaking at a Football Roadshow organised by the Co-Operative Bank at St Augustine's Catholic Primary School in Meir, Palacios added: "The players at Stoke are very good, so I have to fight for my place."
Pulis could turn to Palacios as he looks for a way of ending City's run of four successive league defeats.
Their 3-2 loss at home to QPR has left City three points above the drop zone after 12 matches.
A start for Palacios would see the Honduran re-united with former Spurs team-mate Peter Crouch. But the midfielder says it is misleading to suggest his inclusion could bring the best out of Crouch.
He said: "Peter doesn't need my help. He's a very good player. I need Peter Crouch, not the other way around."
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