Bojan Krkic: Stoke City forward must be patient for first-team chance - Bowen

Bojan Krkic (centre) celebrates scoring against Manchester City
Bojan Krkic joined Stoke from Barcelona in July 2014 and has scored 12 goals in 48 Premier League appearances

Stoke City forward Bojan Krkic must bide his time in trying to win back his place in the side, says assistant boss Mark Bowen.

The 26-year-old Spaniard has not played since the Potters' 4-1 defeat by Crystal Palace on 18 September and has been an unused substitute for the club's four-game unbeaten run.

"He's naturally disappointed," Bowen, 52, told BBC Radio Stoke.

"When the team's winning and playing well, you've got to be patient."

Bowen also believes Bojan's chances have been affected by the team's desire to protect their points during their good run of form, which has seen them draw with West Bromwich Albion and Manchester United and beat both Sunderland and Hull.

"We all want to see players of his talent playing but sometimes it doesn't happen for different reasons," Bowen said.

"Certainly for me, as a former defender, when you're winning and you get into that last 15 minutes, you want a clean sheet and to protect what you've got.

"Maybe he's been a victim of that but he's certainly in the manager's plans and he's an important member of the squad. I'm sure he'll show that in the coming weeks and months."

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