Pulis hopeful over recovering stars

Stoke boss Tony Pulis is keeping his fingers crossed that a number of his key players will have recovered from injury in time for Sunday’s Barclays Premier League trip to Bolton.

Stoke boss Tony Pulis is keeping his fingers crossed that a number of his key players will have recovered from injury in time for Sunday’s Barclays Premier League trip to Bolton.

Neither Ryan Shawcross nor Marc Wilson travelled to Israel for last night’s Europa League clash with Maccabi Tel Aviv after picking up muscle injuries in the defeat by Newcastle on Monday while Matthew Etherington (back), Jermaine Pennant and Rory Delap were only fit enough for the bench.

Danny Higginbotham came through 90 minutes on his return from seven months out with a cruciate ligament injury while Cameron Jerome and Jonathan Woodgate are back in the squad after missing the Tel Aviv trip through suspension and ineligibility respectively.

Provisional squad: Begovic, Sorensen, Nash, Huth, Upson, Woodgate, Shawcross, Wilson, Wilkinson, Whelan, Whitehead, Diao, Etherington, Walters, Jerome, Shotton, Arismendi, Pennant, Delap, Crouch, Palacios, Jones, Higginbotham.

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