Pulis not concerned about Shawcross returning late from Warsaw

The Stoke City boss has little problem with his club captain arriving back from Poland late after England's World Cup qualifying game was delayed by almost 24 hours

Stoke City manager Tony Pulis has insisted he has no concerns about the fitness of defender Ryan Shawcross, despite the England international being due to return home later than scheduled from the World Cup 2014 qualifier game in Warsaw.

England's match against Poland was due to go ahead at 8pm on Tuesday evening, but a waterlogged pitch meant the game was pushed back till the following afternoon.

Although Shawcross did not play in the encounter, he travelled with the squad to Warsaw, having recently received his first England call-up by Roy Hodgson.

It is a situation that denies the Stoke captain a full rest ahead of a tough encounter against Manchester United, but Pulis was keen to play down the implications it might have upon one of his star performers.

"You can't do anything about it now and I've got no worries about Ryan ahead of Saturday," Pulis told The Sentinel.

"We're training in the afternoon rather than the morning, so that gives him a bit of extra time.

"In the old days they used to play internationals on the Wednesday anyway, so it's nothing new really.

"And with Saturday in mind, I suppose you could look at it we've got one player out there and United have got four."