Higginbotham uncertain over Stoke City future

The defender has returned from his loan spell at Nottingham Forest due to injury and is not sure if he will extend his Potters' contract, with just one year remaining on it

Stoke City defender Danny Higginbotham has admitted that his future at the club is far from certain after returning from his loan spell at Nottingham Forest.

The defender joined the Championship outfit in January and played just six games for Steve Cotterill’s side.

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Higginbotham missed seven months of last season - including Stoke’s FA Cup final defeat to Manchester City - and with just one year left on his contract, the 33-year-old feels a lack of first-team action will force him out of the club.

"I've got a year left here and you just don't know what will happen," Higginbotham told The Sentinel.

"You want to be playing, but ultimately that's something that will be decided for me.

"I'd love to stay but if you're not playing it can be frustrating. Your career is soon over and you want to play in as many games as you can while you can.

"In the short term I'll train with the rest of the lads this season to keep my fitness up. And because I had so long out with the injury, I'll probably have just a week or two to myself in the summer to make sure I'm ready to go for pre-season training."

The former Sunderland man does, however, feel as though he is getting back to his best after such a long lay-off .

"I feel much better, physically and psychologically, after getting a few games," he added.

"However long you are out, that's how long it takes to get back to what you were and now I feel like I'm getting back to how I was before the injury."