Potters can't wait to welcome back 'special player'

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Ricardo Fuller will be back with a bang next season according to Stoke City director of football John Rudge.

The 31-year-old Jamaican international is working his way back to fitness after suffering a ruptured achilles injury at the end of April.

But Fuller is determined to bounce back strongly, and has set his sights set on a pre-season return.

"We aren't exactly sure at the moment when Ricardo will be fully fit again," said Rudge. "But we are doing everything we can to make sure he's back as soon as possible.

"He's a special player, we all know that, and I'm sure everyone is keen to see him up and running as quickly as possible. Not least Ricardo himself.


"He's been a fantastic player for us over the last four or five seasons – and was a tremendous miss towards the end of last season."

Fuller has developed into a crowd favourite at the Britannia Stadium, and seems to thrive under the stewardship of manager Tony Pulis.

His unpredictability and flair is a great asset to the Potters, and Rudge is certainly looking forward to seeing him back in action.

"You just don't know what's going to come next when he has the ball at his feet, but nor do the defenders trying to stop him," he continued.

"He's always been a player who can pull something special out of the hat and score spectacular goals for you, which is why he's such a favourite with our fans.

"You have to say that he's been one of the best signings we've had in recent years," Rudge added. "I don't think he will come back feeling he's got anything to prove. He'll just want to get out there playing again as soon as he can."

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