Stoke v Wigan preview

Stoke midfielder Glenn Whelan is free to take his place in the side for Tuesday's Premier League clash with Wigan after it was confirmed the Football Association will not be taking retrospective action against him.

Whelan has been widely criticised for a two-footed challenge on Javi Garcia during Stoke's FA Cup defeat by Manchester City on Saturday, but because referee Howard Webb saw the incident and did not send him off, the midfielder is in the clear.

Goalkeeper Asmir Begovic is set to return after making way for Thomas Sorensen in the cup, while defenders Andy Wilkinson and Ryan Shotton had been injury doubts prior to Saturday's match but came through unscathed.

Wigan boss Roberto Martinez is likely to switch to a more familiar line-up for the clash with Stoke after making eight changes in the FA Cup match against Macclesfield.

Defender Antolin Alcaraz (groin) is not yet match-fit while Ivan Ramis (knee), goalkeeper Mike Pollitt (thigh) and midfielders Ben Watson (broken leg), Albert Crusat (knee) and Ryo Miyaichi (ankle) are all out with long-term injuries.

Fraser Fyvie is the only new injury worry after he picked up a soft tissue problem against Macclesfield on Saturday, while striker Arouna Kone is at the Africa Cup of Nations.