Stoke City throw youngsters into starting 11 at Reading

Stoke City have turned to youth for today’s Championship return here at Reading this afternoon.

Nathan Collins is named in the back four and, as it stands, could be starting at right back.

But there is the option of Collins lining up as one of three centre halves if manager Michael O’Neill goes that way from the start or during the game.

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Skipper Ryan Shawcross is also in the heart of Stoke’s back four – alongside James Chester – for the captain’s first run out since December 29.

In midfield, meanwhile, there is a surprise call up for 20 year-old Dane Lasse Sorensen.

It will be just his second league start for the club – his first was in the last Premier League game at Swansea two years ago – and it will be only his third league start in all after coming on as a sub in his last first-tea appearance at home to Preston in January last year.

Sorensen’s fitness stats have caught the eye recently and O’Neill mentioned him during his pre-match press conference unprompted, but his appearances still comes as a major surprise.

Up front today, Stoke will have Tom Ince, Nick Powell and Tyrese Campbell.

TEAM: Butland, Collins, Martins Indi, Shawcross, Chester, Sorensen, Thompson, Clucas, Ince, Campbell, Powell.

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