Pulis needs Potters reinforcements

The Potters striker snapped his Achilles tendon in Saturday’s 2-1

defeat to Tottenham and is now set for a lengthy spell on the

sidelines. News of his injury has come as a major blow to Pulis’

plans, as he is already depleted in the attacking department.

Record signing Kenwyne Jones is also nursing a knock at present,

having been injured on his debut against Wolves, and Stoke’s boss

admits that he needs to bolster his ranks before the summer window

slams shut. “Mamady will be out for a year and that’s a massive

disappointment because the effort and commitment he puts in for us

every week is just first class,” said Pulis. “We’ve already lost

Kenwyne Jones for the trip to Chelsea and though it’s not going to

be the six or seven months we first feared, it’s still a ligament

injury that could be another two or three weeks. “We’re looking to

bring in another three or four players but this has been our

toughest start since we came back up.”