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Glen Johnson signs one-year Stoke City extension

Johnson has signed a new deal that will keep him at the bet365 Stadium until June 2018. Credit: PA

Glen Johnson has signed a one-year contract extension at Stoke City, the club have confirmed.

The 32-year-old former England international has made 19 Premier League appearances for the Potters this season.

It was a no-brainer for me when the club indicated they wanted me to sign a contract extension.

I’ve really enjoyed my time as a Stoke City player so far. People made me feel really welcome from the moment I walked through the door two years and it’s a good place to be.

I still feel as though I’ve got plenty to offer as a player and want to continue to help Stoke City move forward.

– Johnson to Stoke's official website

Starting line-ups: Stoke City v Hull City

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Butland to step up recovery with Stoke City U23s

Butland has not played competitive football since breaking his ankle in England's 3-2 friendly win over Germany last year. Credit: PA

Goalkeeper Jack Butland is expected to feature for Stoke's under-23s at Brighton on Monday evening, 13 months after his last competitive appearance.

The 24-year-old's only outings for Stoke's senior team since he fractured his ankle when on England duty in March 2016 came during pre-season friendlies back in the summer, and setbacks in August and December have prolonged his absence.

Butland has now been back in full training for two weeks and has been pencilled in to play in the contest at the Amex Stadium.

Having suffered the initial injury in Germany on March 26, Butland was scheduled to return at the start of this campaign only for his first setback to occur on the eve of the new Premier League season.

A further operation kept him out until December when he was lined up for the development squad's game against Reading, which he pulled out of after feeling pain in his ankle during the warm-up.

More treatment delayed Butland's return but he could still make an appearance for Mark Hughes' men this season provided his latest comeback goes to plan.

Starting line-ups: Stoke City v Liverpool

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