Stoke v Man City preview
Stoke defender Andy Wilkinson's back problem is likely to keep him out of the FA Cup fourth round tie with Manchester City.
The full-back sustained the problem in their third round replay last week and while Ryan Shotton played 45 minutes in a midweek friendly after a hamstring injury he may not be risked.
Thomas Sorensen is set to replace Asmir Begovic in goal, as has been the policy for cup matches this season.
Manchester City will check on Samir Nasri ahead of the fourth round trip after the forward was hampered by a virus this week.
Right-back Pablo Zabaleta is fit after overcoming the foot injury that forced him off in last week's Premier League win over Fulham.
Midfielder Yaya Toure and defender Kolo Toure are at the African Nations Cup with Ivory Coast while right-backs Micah Richards and Maicon (both knee) remain out.