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Cameron Back in Stoke XI After Ban Lifted

Barely 24 hours after his red card suspension was rescinded by the FA, Attleboro, Mass. native Geoff Cameron was back in the XI for Stoke City in Tuesday’s 1-0 Capital One Cup first leg loss to Liverpool at Brittania Stadium.

Cameron, who went the first 45 minutes before he was replaced by forward Jonathan Walters, was stationed in the central midfield for Tuesday’s contest.

“We recognized they had players out of position at the back, and we made a change ourselves and went more direct in the second half,” Stoke manager Mark Hughes told the media about the reason for the halftime switch. “When you do that you need something to fall for you and tonight we didn’t get that.”

The former University of Rhode Island standout was originally slated to miss the match after he was issued a red card for shoving West Bromwich’s Claudio Yacob in the back of the neck during Saturday’s 2-1 loss.

But Stoke successfully appealed the card – which carried a three-match ban – on Monday, clearing the way for Cameron to played in Tuesday’s first leg of the Capital One Cup semifinals.

Cameron and his Stoke City teammates return to action on Saturday for an FA Cup tie against League One side Doncaster Rovers at The Keepmoat Stadium.

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