Whelan getting back to his best
Glenn Whelan hopes he has done enough to keep his place in the Stoke City side between now and the end of the season.
Stoke, currently in ninth place in the Premier League, take on Manchester United tomorrow and Whelan hopes to play a role, though the Dubliner admits he's still working his way back to full fitness after an injury late last year, sustained on World Cup duty with Ireland knocked him off course.
"Like anybody, when you are in the team and things are going well, there is no better profession to be involved in," says Whelan, who suffered the injury in the first half of Ireland's win over Austria in Vienna.
"I got injured during the internationals back in November and ended up missing quite a lot of football, and it has taken me a while to get back into the side.
"Thankfully, I am back in there now though, and I just want to keep my head down, keep working hard and do everything I can to retain the shirt between now and the end of the season."
Whelan played when Stoke drew 1-1 away to United in October but he sees a new side.
"I think that over the last few months they have really kicked on, and picked up some really important results, which have taken them back into contention towards the top of the table," he says of United.
"There has been a wind of change there and the supporters seem a lot happier now and you get the sense that they are together as a group now."
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