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Ryan Shawcross | Defensemen

Team: Stoke City
Age / DOB:  (28) / 10/4/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 168

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Ryan Shawcross came through the Potters' win over Chelsea in the League Cup and is expected to return to the starting line-up in the Premier League against Newcastle in Week 11 as well.
With Geoff Cameron and Marc Muniesa both out injured, Mark Hughes will be thrilled to have his captain and defensive rock back for the Week 11 trip to St. James' Park. Stoke City will be looking to rebound in the league after dropping a disappointing 2-0 decision to Watford at the Britannia last weekend. The return of Shawcross should provide some stability at the back but the Potters will still have to find a way to get their attack going after being shut down by the Hornets last week. Oct 30 - 8:57 AM
Source: BBC Sport

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Ryan Shawcross has returned fit from the back injury that has seen him miss the first nine weeks of the season. Whether he starts immediately remains to be seen.

With Stoke City on a hot streak in the league with three consecutive wins and 10 points from their past four matches, Mark Hughes may opt not to mess with a winning formula. Allowing Shawcross to come in as a substitute in Week 10 or to have an extra week of training before playing a meaningful role is probably the prudent course of action. Shawcross is a very solid fantasy defender in most formats so he is worth looking at on waivers if you need a defender.
Source: BBC Sport
Oct 23 - 10:32 AM

Ryan Shawcross's back will require surgery and that could keep him on the sidelines for two months or more.

Mark Hughes has depth at the back but Ryan Shawcross has been the rock at the center of a cast of rotating characters since Hughes' arrival as well as bridging the gap from Pulis to Hughes. Marc Muniesa, Marc Wilson, Geoff Cameron and Philipp Wolscheid will compete for the two center back spots while Shawcross is absent. Dionatan Teixeira is unproven in the Premier League but Hughes has likened him to Chris Samba and Ryan Nelsen so he may get a chance as well. If that is not enough to cover for Shawcross then Hughes may also elect to bring in another center back for depth but is unlikely to spend big unless there are fears that the absence could be longer.
Aug 6 - 1:42 PM

Ryan Shawcross remains a doubt for this weekends’ opener at home to Liverpool as the Stoke skipper battles a persistent back problem which has hampered his pre-season.

Shawcross missed 6-weeks earlier this year due to the issue and the niggling injury has restricted the defender to just 65 minutes of friendly action against Brentford and now the 27 year-old will meet with a specialist amid fears he could require surgery. However there was better news regarding defensive team mate Marc Wilson - who limped out of Sundays’ defeat to FC Porto with an ankle problem - and winger Marko Arnautovic [thigh]. The pair are expected to be ready for game week one. Mark Hughes also hinted that Bojan Krkic is not ready for a start just yet although he has been pleased with the progress of his Spanish striker following his ACL rupture.
Aug 4 - 5:11 AM

Ryan Shawcross was uncertain for Week 37 but he overcame his injury and put up big fantasy numbers in Stoke City's nil-nil draw at Turf Moor.

Three blocked shots, a clean sheet, two tackles won and two passes intercepted. That's a strong effort from a central defender and a good indication of why Burnley were unable to break through with a goal in their final home match in the Premier League before being relegated. Despite the strong showing Shawcross, who has been nicked up for a great deal of the second half of the season, might be at risk for being rotated for the final match after Stoke City eclipsed their highest-ever point total in the Premier League.
May 21 - 5:22 PM

Ryan Shawcross sustained a knee injury in training on Tuesday and is doubtful for Saturday's match against Burnley.

With his club resting fairly comfortably in 9th place, Mark Hughes doesn't have a great deal of motivation to rush his captain back into the starting line-up. With six points between the Potters and eighth place and a rapidly-fading West Ham three points behind in 10th, Hughes will likely feel comfortable with the notion of bringing Marc Wilson back into the line-up to replace Shawcross. Wilson missed last weekend's 3-0 win over Spurs due to suspension but will be eligible again this weekend and an obvious replacement at center back.
May 15 - 9:51 AM

Ryan Shawcross is available to participate for the first time since January as Stoke City travel to the Hawthorns in Week 29 action.

With Shawcross available to participate, the question now becomes whether he will start or be eased back into the line-up. With Marc Muniesa out and Philip Wollscheid nursing a groin injury there is a need for someone to partner Marc Wilson in the Potters' central defense. Fantasy managers should take care assuming that Shawcross will go straight back into the line-up and should only consider him if they have the option to make a switch after line-ups are announced.
Mar 13 - 12:25 PM

Ryan Shawcross will miss Stoke City's Week 27 match with Hull City as he continues to recover from a back injury.

The Potters' injury crisis at the back has largely abated but Ryan Shawcross and Marc Muniesa both remain out. Shawcross is nearing his predicted return date but Week 27 will come too soon for him to resume his duties leading the defense. It is likely that Marc Wilson and Philip Wollscheid will partner in central defense and attempt to quiet in form Hull City forwards Nikica Jelavic and Dame N'Doye.
Feb 27 - 12:06 PM

Stoke City skipper Ryan Shawcross will miss the Week 24 match-up at St. James' Park as he continues to nurse a back injury that will likely keep him out of Premier League action until late February.

Shawcross has been extremely durable for most of his Potters career but 2015 has already brought a string of minor injuries to the Stoke City captain. Fortunately, Mark Hughes is blessed with solid depth all across his back line even with the long-serving Robert Huth having moved to Leicester City on loan. It is likely that Philipp Wollscheid and Marc Wilson will start at center back with Geoff Cameron and Marc Muniesa available as deputies.
Feb 6 - 12:05 PM

With Robert Huth agreeing a loan deal which will see the German defender moving to Leicester Mark Hughes will be slightly concerned after his captain Ryan Shawcross was replaced moments before half-time on Saturday because of a back issue.

Shawcross returned to the starting line-up having missed out in GW22 because of a groin injury and this latest setback will be worrying with Erik Pieters also out following a Hernia operation. His injury however didn’t affect Stoke too much as the Potters condemned QPR to their eleventh consecutive away defeat thanks to a Jon Walters hat trick - his first in over 8 years and his first in the Premier League. Marc Muniesa or Geoff Cameron are able to fill in defensively and with Marc Wilson over his recent knee problem Hughes has plenty of cover during the interim and is unlikely to panic just yet.
Feb 1 - 12:56 PM

Despite their best efforts Stoke were unable to get Ryan Shawcross fit for Saturdays’ tricky trip to the King Power Stadium to face an in-form Leicester City side.

Mark Hughes was forced into a defensive reshuffle which earned Marc Wilson a recall while Marc Muniesa returned to the eleven in place of the injured Erik Pieters [groin]. However despite the changes Stoke were still able to secure their fifth clean sheet of the season and although Bojan Krkic will steal the headlines for his composed turn and clinical finish to secure the three points it was new signing Phillipp Wollscheid who claimed the man-of-the-match award. Hughes revealed Shawcross will undergo further treatment on the problem which is only thought to be minor - the defender expected to return for next weekends’ FA Cup game at Rochdale.
Jan 18 - 8:21 AM

Stoke City captain Ryan Shawcross started 2015 in style, scoring the league's first goal of the new year inside of two minutes into the Potters match with Manchester United. The Red Devils would later equalize and the two sides settled for a 1-1 draw.

Stoke could not have asked for a better start as they won an early corner and scored from it. Peter Crouch headed the kick into the path of an unmarked Shawcross, who quickly pivoted himself and struck the ball on the volley to beat David de Gea. United would go on to level in similar fashion before the half hour mark. It was a bit of a snoozer from that point on, as United would win the possession battle by nearly a two to one ratio while Stoke doubled United in the chances department. It was a Crouch effort that hit woodwork in the 72nd minute that gave the Potters their best chance for the win but they will take the point against a hot Red Devil side. Another tough test lay ahead with a trip to the Emirates up next.
Source: NBC Sports
Jan 1 - 9:53 AM

Ryan Shawcross will be assessed for concussion issues to determine if he will be able to participate in the Potters' Week 19 match with West Brom.

Ryan Shawcross painted quite a picture in the Week 18 win over Everton after having his head bandaged after a clash with Romelu Lukaku. With Lukaku's old team West Brom arriving at the Britannia on Sunday, Shawcross will have to pass concussion protocols before being allowed to play. It is likely that the results of these protocols won't be known until after fantasy transfer deadlines for and have passed.
Sat, Dec 27, 2014 02:03:00 PM

Ryan Shawcross has been a standout for Stoke City and fantasy managers alike and his excellence continued in the Week 6 clean sheet win over Newcastle.

Ryan Shawcross's name was linked with a return to the club he came up with, Manchester United, a number of years ago but since that infatuation faded (if it was ever there) he has faded from the collective consciousness somewhat. A pillar at Stoke City since 2008, it is easy to forget about him. With the advent of statistics that describe central defending play, Shawcross has started to re-emerge for fans and fantasy managers. In the Yahoo format he is averaging just over 10 points/match this season on performances like the one he put in on Monday. Three blocked shots, two interceptions and a tackle won leading to a clean sheet is a lot of fantasy goodness in almost any format. Expect his solidity to continue.
Wed, Oct 1, 2014 05:23:00 PM

Stoke City scored a controversial equalizer in the 83rd minute to get a point on the road at the KC Stadium.

With their new forwards - Bojan and Mame Biram Diouf - still struggling despite being up a man for most of the match a defender came to the rescue for Mark Hughes' men. The beneficiary of a dubious call from the linesman, Stoke put the ball into the box where Ryan Shawcross poked it in for an equalizing goal. Stoke struggled to generate an attack despite Hull City having gone down a man in the 14th minute. With a week left in the transfer window, it appears that Stoke still need a new signing to help spark their attack.
Sun, Aug 24, 2014 10:50:00 AM