Stoke City are recalling winger Thibaud Verlinden from his loan at Bolton Wanderers. The Potters want the youngster to play in the FA Cup for them, as per a report by the Bolton News. 

Verlinden, who is 20-year-old, joined the Trotters on loan in early September and has been a key player for the League One side.

He has made 15 appearances for the North-West side so far this term, chipping in with three goals and two assists.

Bolton boss Keith Hill has confirmed the news that he will be returning to the Bet365 Stadium, as per the Bolton News: “I have been informed that Stoke are recalling Thibaud for the FA Cup. I am disappointed, of course, but I sort of knew I wasn’t in control.”

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Verlinden was born in Brussels and started his career in his native Belgium with spells at Club Brugge and Standard Liege before moving to England in the summer of 2015 to join Stoke for a fee of around €40,000.

He made his first-team debut for the Potters in a League Cup in August 2017 against Rochdale and has since made six more times for them. He was loaned to German side FC St Pauli last season before Stoke loaned him to Bolton for the start of this campaign.

Verlinden will now be available for selection for Michael O’Neill between now and the end of the campaign.

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