Stoke City forward Bojan Krkic confident ahead of season

Stoke City forward Bojan Krkic

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Stoke forward Bojan says he is working hard to get back to full fitness and believes the whole squad is ‘well prepared’ ahead of the season-opener against Liverpool.

The Spain international arrived at the Britannia last summer from Barcelona in a deal worth just under £2m euros, putting pen-to-paper on a four-year contract.

The 24-year-old struggled to adapt to the Premier League in the early stages of the season but the forward gradually improved and become a regular fixture in the first-team.

Unfortunately, the Spaniard suffered a serious knee injury during an FA Cup tie against Rochdale in late January and was ruled out for the rest of the season.

Bojan did enough to impress the Stoke faithful from the 16 league appearances and there is a real optimism around the club at the moment, having recently added Holland international Ibrahim Afellay to the ranks on a free.

Although head coach Mark Hughes has said he won’t rush the forward back to competitive action, the former Roma star believes the minutes in pre-season have put him in good shape.

“I have been working very hard to be back before the season, that was my target,” he said. “This week I am going to work hard every day so I can be 100% for my first game back in the new season.

“Everybody will be focused this week for our first game of the season and I think the team is very well prepared.”

Stoke defeated Liverpool 6-1 on the last day of the Premier League and the Potters are priced at 3.40 to clinch another win, a draw is at the same odds while the Reds are favourites at 2.20.

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