Ryan Shawcross: Stoke skipper says he was struggling to walk

Stoke City captain Ryan Shawcross said he had no option but to go under the knife to put right a long-standing back injury.

"I was struggling to walk, struggling to move," he told BBC Radio Stoke. "I went to see one of the best spinal experts in the world. It was a case of making sure I got the right surgeon and got the correct treatment.

"You don't want to rush too much as you can end up putting yourself out for a long time. Especially with the spine, you have to be very careful."

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