Hughes: Stoke will benefit from break

Stoke manager Mark Hughes is relishing the prospect of escaping the wretched British weather as he now heads to sunnier climes to plot his side's bid for Barclays Premier League survival.

Hughes and his squad travel to Dubai on Thursday for six days of warm-weather training, leaving behind a weather-battered Britain that is being subjected to heavy rains and high winds.

I think a lot of clubs are doing it at this time of year because as we all know, the weather is compromising a lot of things.

From our point of view, as a football club, it's difficult at the training ground at the moment because the pitches aren't in good condition and you can't do the work you want to do.

At least we won't have any issue in that regard (in Dubai). We will have a decent surface to get some quality work done and be ready for the challenges ahead of us.

– Stoke manager Mark Hughes

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