Shawcross to have late check

Ryan Shawcross faces a late fitness test ahead of Stoke’s trip to West Ham tomorrow in the Barclays Premier League.

Ryan Shawcross faces a late fitness test ahead of Stoke’s trip to West Ham tomorrow in the Barclays Premier League.

Having served a three-match suspension, Shawcross was unable to return to the Potters team for last weekend’s match against Tottenham due to a niggling ankle problem which could keep him out once again.

Dean Whitehead will definitely be absent as he serves a one-match ban after being sent off in the Spurs match.

James Beattie and Salif Diao still remain in the treatment room with knee and calf problems respectively.

Provisional squad: Sorensen, Wilkinson, Abdoulaye Faye, Huth, Shawcross, Collins, Lawrence, Pugh, Whelan, Tuncay, Delap, Etherington, Sidibe, Fuller, Kitson, Higginbotham, Begovic, Davies, Moult.

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