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Pulis tells Sorensen to keep battling

November 9, 2012
By David Instone

Thomas Sorensen has been told to keep performing well in his quest for a return to first-team football - whether or not that is with Stoke City.

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PA PhotosSorensen has only made one appearance for Stoke this season

The 36-year-old Dane is unsettled after losing his place to Asmir Begovic, and is looking to move next summer if he remains on the sidelines.

But Stoke manager Tony Pulis says Sorensen is one of several players trying to force their way into his starting line-up.

"I haven't spoken to him," Pulis said. "But he has trained well and he's fine. He's an experienced goalkeeper and he wants to be playing, and we have other experienced players outside of Thomas who want to be playing.

"The best thing he can do is keep performing properly, but there's no problem with me."

Like striker Cameron Jerome, the 36-year-old 'keeper has been linked with a move to Championship side Leeds United, although his manager says he has heard nothing from Elland Road.

Sorensen is under contract until summer 2014, but has played only once this season in the senior side - in the 4-3 Capital One Cup home defeat against Swindon.

He was quoted earlier in the week as saying: "It's not something I'm happy with. If I can't play at Stoke in the long term, I will look around for something else.

"I see the summer as the best option if something has to be done."

Another Potteries stalwart, Matthew Etherington, could win promotion back to the starting 11 for tomorrow's crucial home game against Queens Park Rangers.

The winger has not started since the draw at Reading on the opening day of the season, but is pushing hard to displace summer signing Michael Kightly after impressing as a substitute in the defeat at Norwich last weekend.

"Matty went through a difficult period but he has certainly looked sharp in the last few weeks and he has got a chance," Pulis added.

"He's a good lad and has been very patient at not being in the team. He hasn't been an ounce of trouble. But bringing Kights into the club has shaken him up... and that's good."