Stoke boss Mark Hughes is hopeful influential midfielder Joe Allen will be fit enough to face Sunderland this weekend.
Allen picked up a hamstring injury when playing for Wales last week and was forced to sit out their World Cup qualifier against Georgia on Sunday.
However it looks as though the injury is not a serious one and Hughes believes he has a good chance of making the clash against the Black Cats.
“We’re still checking on Joe, he hasn’t trained with the group yet,” Hughes told the club’s website. “We’ve just got to be a little bit careful with him; unfortunately he probably did a little bit too much with the Welsh squad.
“We would have given him an extra day’s rest but he trained with [them] and that’s probably compromised him a little bit so they have to be a little bit careful in that regard.
“We’re hopeful that he’s going to be okay and we’ll have to check on him tomorrow.”