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Friday 23 February 2018

Crouch is 'capable'

Stoke City's Peter Crouch celebrates scoring their second goal
Stoke City's Peter Crouch celebrates scoring their second goal

Peter Crouch is capable of playing on for a few more years, according to Stoke manager Mark Hughes.

Crouch, 36, scored his fourth goal of the season against Leicester on Saturday to earn his side a 2-2 draw.

It was Crouch's third Premier League goal as a substitute this campaign, with Hughes stating after the game that if he continued to find the net from the bench then it will not be long before he is starting matches.

Crouch has found starts hard to come by but in Hughes he has a manager who knows what it is like to play on as a striker into your late 30s.

Hughes hung up his boots at the end of the 2001/02 season, just a few months short of his 39th birthday, and he feels Crouch can play on for a bit longer yet.

"I see his qualities every day and he trains every day, although this week he has had a slight injury," said Hughes.

"Pete is doing all he can and making himself available for every training session and that's the right thing to do in my eyes."

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