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Skipper ruled out

2 Mar

Stoke midfielder Glenn Whelan will be fit to face Newcastle this evening, but Ryan Shawcross misses out through injury once again.

Stoke: Skipper ruled outStoke: Skipper ruled out

Whelan broke his nose during the 2-1 win over Aston Villa at the weekend but managed to play through the pain barrier and will do the same this evening.

Marc Muniesa is likely to return to the Potters defence after missing the Villa match due to a hamstring problem, while Geoff Cameron (ankle) and Phil Bardsley (calf), who were part of the back line for that game, are being assessed.

Shawcross (back) is not yet ready to make his comeback, and Charlie Adam (calf), Glen Johnson and Marc Wilson (both knee) also remain sidelined.

In the other camp, Newcastle skipper Fabricio Coloccini will miss out through injury.

Stoke (from): Butland, Haugaard, Wollscheid, Muniesa, Pieters, Bardsley, Cameron, Imbula, Whelan, Ireland, Afellay, Shaqiri, Walters, Arnautovic, Bojan, Joselu, Crouch, Diouf.

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