Stoke sweat on Pennant injury

Published Nov. 24, 2010 1:15 p.m. EST

Pennant damaged his hamstring in last Saturday's win at West Bromwich Albion and the club feared the 27-year-old was set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines. A scan revealed the injury was not as bad as first thought, but Pulis is making contingency plans for the absence of the on-loan wideman. "Fifty-fifty is as good as we could have hoped for after seeing him limp off so early last Saturday," Pulis told the Stoke Sentinel. "We're still holding out hope and will go easy on him this week to give him every chance. "We want him to be fit because he gives us good balance with two wingers. "But Manchester City do play a different game. They're very tight, very organised and so dangerous because they have great counter-attacking players." Pulis watched Roberto Mancini's men demolish Fulhan 4-1 at Craven Cottage on Sunday and hopes fans now recognise what a tough test the Potters are in for this weekend. "It was a fantastic performance," Pulis acknowledged, "as good as I've seen in the Premier League this season. "It's good our supporters have also seen just how good City are because we'll need them behind us on Saturday. "We'll need a special, special effort on and off the field, just like the Liverpool game last time out."