Date: 14th September 2017 at 9:10pm
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Manager Mark Hughes has been previewing Stoke City’s clash with Newcastle United this weekend.

Hughes was meeting with the Official Website and the wider media in general for his pre game press conference and as well as talking about this weekend’s opponents, he also gave an injury update.

Beginning with our start to the season, he explained.

‘I think everyone is encouraged by what we have shown already. We`ve had a plan and performed well and that has shown through the results we`ve managed to achieve against good quality opposition. We always knew the start to the season was going to test us but we`ve been up to the job and so, clearly, we need to keep that going.’

As for our opposition directly, he added he knew it would be a tough trip.

‘Obviously it isn`t going to be easy on Saturday against Newcastle United because they are always difficult to play against. Particularly in front of their own fans, who, like ours, are very passionate, but with the way we are playing and the confidence we`ve gained then we go there in good shape and aim to get three points.’

As for injury news, Ryan Shawcross remains a doubt with the back injury he picked up ahead of the Manchester United game, and Geoff Cameron has already been ruled out with the hamstring injury he picked up in that game.

‘Geoff`s not available and he will probably be missing for the next couple of weeks. He will most likely be back after the Chelsea game I would think, which is a shame because he`s had a bright start to the season. We`re still waiting on Ryan and we will have to check on him nearer to game time but he`s still a doubt unfortunately. We have one more training session to go but apart from the two I`ve mentioned, for the most part, everybody else is ok for Saturday.’

Finally he spoke about how he felt the team were gelling so far this season and that gave him encouragement for the rest of the year.

‘It`s a lot easier for them to gel if they have good quality. In my view, it`s maybe a bit harder if they are not quite up to the level you already have at the Club but we`ve brought in top quality players here.’

He added.

‘Good players adjust more quickly to their teammates, surroundings and that`s what`s happening here. You can see there is a lot of confidence in the new guys from the lads who have been here a number of seasons. In turn, I think their confidence is also helping those who have been here a little bit longer than them.’

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