Fitness test for Etherington

Stoke will assess the condition of winger Matthew Etherington ahead of tomorrow’s Barclays Premier League clash with Wigan at the DW Stadium.

Stoke will assess the condition of winger Matthew Etherington ahead of tomorrow’s Barclays Premier League clash with Wigan at the DW Stadium.

Etherington, sidelined for the last two games with a hamstring problem, has been doing some light running this week but it remains to be seen whether he will be ready to return, while midfielder Jamie Ness and striker Mamady Sidibe (both groin) are out.

Stoke announced on Thursday they had moved a step closer to signing Rangers midfielder Maurice Edu but stressed it was unlikely the formalities would be completed in time for him to play on Saturday.

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

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