Stoke City captain Ryan Shawcross is out of today’s game against Middlesbrough here at a near-deserted bet365 Stadium.
Shawcross is replaced by Danny Batth in central defence, as he was at half-time at Reading last Saturday, after failing a fitness test on the groin he tweaked at the Madejski Stadium.
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Elsewhere, Smith re-claims the right-back berth from Nathan Collins after impressing from the bench against Reading.
And it’s a similar story for McClean as he replaces Tom Ince this afternoon after adding some energy and enthusiasm to the cause as a half-time sub at Reading.
Stoke kick off the game two points in front of a Boro side managed for the first time by Neil Warnock after he replaced Jonathan Woodgate earlier this week.
Stoke City: Butland, Smith, Batth, Chester, Martins Indi, Thompson, Clucas, Sorensen, McClean ,Powell, Campbell.
Subs: Davies, Ward, Ince, Vokes, Gregory, Oakley-Boothe, Cousins, Collins, Tymon.