Stoke will take to the field for their final Europa League Group E match against Besiktas less than 22 hours after touching down in Istanbul following a nightmare journey on Tuesday.

The Potters have had to deal with more than their fair share of travelling in their first European campaign for more than 30 years after drawing the Turkish side, Dynamo Kiev and Maccabi Tel Aviv, and manager Tony Pulis has made no secret of the strain that has put on his side.

Tuesday's journey was supposed to be the shortest of the lot but a scheduled four-hour flight from Manchester turned into a seven-hour trip taking in three airports and resulting in the Stoke party eventually touching down at 10.30pm.

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