Stoke v Fulham preview

Stoke will be without captain Ryan Shawcross for the first time this season when Fulham visit the Britannia Stadium on Saturday.

Shawcross had played every minute of every Barclays Premier League game until he was sent off in last weekend's defeat by Tottenham and must serve a one-match ban.

Oussama Assaidi is a doubt after taking a bang to his knee but fellow winger Matthew Etherington, who will leave the club in the summer, is in contention after a back problem.

Fulham's club-record signing Kostas Mitroglou is available for Saturday's clash at Stoke having completed a full week of training.

Manager Felix Magath must decide whether to include Mitroglou, who has been sidelined by a knee injury, in his squad for the Barclays Premier League match.

Midfielder Steve Sidwell is a doubt because of a knee problem.