Etherington sits out City clash

The midfielder is facing a lay-off after suffering in a knee injury

in Saturday’s FA Cup clash between the same two sides, although

Stoke are still to learn the exact nature of the problem. The

28-year-old went for a scan this morning and the club are hoping to

receive results at some point on Monday. Manager Tony Pulis is

hopeful he will be out for weeks rather than months. Andy Wilkinson

(ankle) and Liam Lawrence (knee) also took knocks but should be fit

while Abdoulaye Faye (back) is fit and in contention. Potters

(from): Sorensen, Huth, Abdoulaye Faye, Wilkinson, Amdy Faye,

Higginbotham, Collins, Lawrence, Sidibe, Whitehead, Delap, Diao,

Kitson, Beattie, Fuller, Tuncay, Pugh, Whelan, Simonsen, Begovic.