Stoke City is not ruling out the possibility of goalkeeper Mark Travers returning in January. Travers had been on loan at Stoke and was a regular in the Championship before returning to Bournemouth due to “exceptional circumstances” as a result of injuries to Neto and Darren Randolph, which left Bournemouth without at least two fit senior goalkeepers. Stoke won 2-0 at Middlesbrough with Jack Bonham in goal. Travers was on the bench for Bournemouth’s 2-1 win over Burnley, marking their first league victory of the season.
Stoke City manager Alex Neil expressed disappointment at losing Travers, whom he felt was making great progress and becoming comfortable at the club. Travers had been eager to secure regular playing time this season after spending much of the previous season as a substitute at Bournemouth. The situation regarding his future will likely be determined over the next two months leading up to the January transfer window. However, football regulations stipulate that a player cannot represent more than two clubs in a single season, which means that Stoke City remains his only option.
Neil explained, “Based on my understanding, if he goes back and has any involvement with Bournemouth, that would mean he has played for two clubs this year, so the only club he can return to is here. I believe Trav definitely wants to come back unless he’s playing for Bournemouth, but that decision will be up to them.”