Pulis vows to give duo time

BY foxsports • May 11, 2011

Stoke take on Manchester City in their first ever FA Cup final at Wembley on Saturday but their preparations have been hit by injuries to key players. Danny Higginbotham and Ricardo Fuller have already been ruled out of the showpiece, and now Huth and Etherington are facing a race against time to make Tony Pulis' line up. Huth suffered a knee injury in the Premier League win over Arsenal on Sunday, while Etherington is struggling to recover from a torn hamstring he suffered against Wolves two weeks ago. The winger has been training by himself in recent days, though, and he was joined at the training ground on Wednesday by Huth, who is having sugar injections in a bid to speed up his recovery after brief treatment in Spain. Pulis said: "They are going along nice and steady at the moment and doing light training. We will give them right up until the game. It will be a last-minute call. "They will have fitness tests and then I will speak to the medical team. We will decide whether it is worth the chance or it is too risky. "The two of them are desperate to play. We are desperate for them to play but it is just whether it is right for the team. "My most difficult selection decision? Yes it is in respect of it being such a big game. It is important we get it right for the club and the team." With Manchester City securing a top-four finish by beating Tottenham on Tuesday night, Stoke will play in the Europa League next season no matter the result on Saturday. Pulis added: "You would not of dreamed of it a few years ago - Stoke in an FA Cup final, perhaps finishing in the top 10 of the Premier League and being in Europe. It is a bit special."


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