Pulis bemoans Carew injuries

The experienced striker linked up with the Potters in January,

after falling out of favour at Villa Park. He saw his contract

cancelled by Gerard Houllier, allowing him to sign a deal with

Stoke until the end of the season. The intention was for the

Norwegian to spend the second half of the campaign staking a claim

for a long-term deal. He has, however, seen niggling knocks hinder

his progress and deny him the opportunity to prove his worth to

Pulis, with a decision on his future yet to be made. The Stoke boss

said: “He’s a big lad and really good around the place, the lads

have really taken to him. “He’s got a great sense of humour, very

witty and dry. The problem is he’s been injured and so we haven’t

had him as much as we’d have liked. “But he’s fit and has trained

really well, so he will be involved, one way or another against

Villa [on Saturday]. “They cancelled his contract and we took it on

until the end of the season, so he can play. He’ll relish going

back, I’m sure. “He’s an option, but having said that, the other

two, Kenwyne Jones and Jon Walters, have been absolutely

outstanding.”