Shawcross in line for Stoke return

The centre-back has not played a Premier League match since a persistent back problem flared up during Stoke's 3-1 victory over QPR on January 31.

However, Shawcross has stepped up his recovery and, with Philipp Wollscheid a doubt for the trip to The Hawthorns, manager Mark Hughes is contemplating throwing his captain in from the start.

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