Carew ready if called upon
John Carew has told Stoke boss Tony Pulis he is raring to go if called upon in Saturday's FA Cup final.
Last Updated: 10/05/11 6:09pm
John Carew has told Stoke boss Tony Pulis he is raring to go if called upon in Saturday's FA Cup final against Manchester City.
The on-loan striker lost twice at Wembley last season with Aston Villa but has returned there with Stoke this term.
The Norway international, 31, has been out of action in recent weeks, playing just once in two months due to a back complaint and illness.
He has now recovered and although his way back into the team has been blocked by the form of Kenwyne Jones and Jon Walters, he insists he is ready for action on Saturday.
"The last five or six weeks have been frustrating but that's football, sometimes you get injuries," he said.
"Now I'm getting back and starting to reach peak form again ready for the last few games if needed."
Carew is out of contract in the summer and admits his future is still very much up in the air.
But he has scored twice in eight starts since joining the Potters on loan in January and hinted a permanent move to the Britannia Stadium could be on the cards.
"I haven't really thought about it yet," he said. "I'm very relaxed about it.
"We'll see what I'm happy with and the club is happy with when the time comes.
"I've really enjoyed my time here. It's a great group of players, we've done really well.
"It's a great atmosphere. It's one of the top clubs I've been at in terms of atmosphere in the changing room. The Britannia Stadium is not the biggest but size is not the most important thing.
"What's important is the crowd and the crowd is absolutely fantastic. They can create the best atmosphere in the world and they often do."