Stoke v Birmingham preview

Ryan Shawcross will miss out following his red card at Sunderland

at the weekend. Shawcross was shown two yellow cards – much to the

fury of boss Tony Pulis – in the 2-0 defeat at the Stadium of

Light. Robert Huth is expected to move into the centre of defence,

with either Danny Higginbotham or Andy Wilkinson coming into the

side. With no injuries to report, Pulis is otherwise expected to

field an unchanged team. Birmingham boss Alex McLeish has no fresh

injury concerns. Colin Doyle will continue to act as back-up for

number one keeper Ben Foster while Maik Taylor nurses a shoulder

injury which caused him to be ruled out of the weekend draw with

West Ham. McLeish is considering handing a start to winger Jean

Beausejour who is approaching full fitness after his knee setback.

The former Scotland boss said: “We are fine. There is no-one on the

treatment table that took part in the game at the weekend. We were

all out training this morning.” Stoke (from): Begovic, Sorensen,

Huth, Faye, Collins, Etherington, Pennant, Whelan, Whitehead,

Walters, Fuller, Jones, Gudjohnsen, Wilkinson, Higginbotham,

Tuncay, Delap, Diao, Wilson. Birmingham (from): Foster, Carr,

Johnson, Dann, Ridgewell, Larsson, Ferguson, Fahey, Hleb, Jerome,

Zigic, Beausejour, Doyle, Bowyer, Gardner, Phillips, Derbyshire,

Parnaby.