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Woodgate 'disappointed' by omission

September 14, 2011
By ESPNsoccernet staff

Stoke defender Jonathan Woodgate admits he is "disappointed" after being left out of Stoke City's Europa League squad.

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Stoke will cover a total of 11,000 miles on their three away trips to Dynamo Kiev of Ukraine, Israel's Maccabi Tel Aviv and Turkey's Besiktas and manager Tony Pulis stopped the defender from travelling over fears that his old injuries might reappear.

The former England international, 31, said: "I'm obviously disappointed because you want to play as many games as you can. I understand where the manager's coming from. It's not a problem, you take it on the chin and get on with it."

Woodgate has been plagued by injury problems during a career in which he has played for Real Madrid, Tottenham and Newcastle and had words of thanks for Pulis taking a gamble on him.

"[Tony] said the lads are top-notch and it's a great club with great supporters," said Woodgate. "As soon as I spoke to him I thought, 'He really wants me, he's taking a chance on me. He seems really keen to have me'. When you're wanted, it's a good thing, especially when you've been injured."