Stoke striker Jonathan Walters: I don't need a break

Stoke City striker Jonathan Walters has insisted he does not need a break from first-team action.

The 28-year-old has been involved in 31 matches for the Potters this season, starting 26 times, as well as featuring twice for the Republic of Ireland.

Despite the volume of games he has played, Walters is keen to face Gillingham in the FA Cup on Saturday.

"I want to be playing every game that we're involved in, but it's up to the manager," he told BBC Radio Stoke .

"Whoever's playing, we want to go out and win. We had an excellent run last year, getting to the final, and once you've been there you want to go and do it again.

"I've played before at Gillingham. I've been on the other side of those games and it's not going to be an easy game."

Stoke have had to endure a congested fixture schedule this season because of their involvement in the Europa League.

The only match in which Walters has not played was the 3-1 defeat by Besiktas  in Turkey, when manager Tony Pulis made 11 changes as Stoke had already guaranteed qualification for the knockout stages.

Stoke reached the FA Cup final for their first time in their 148-year history in May, but were beaten 1-0 by Manchester City  at Wembley.