Stoke v Liverpool preview

Stoke defender Ryan Shawcross is back in contention afterStoke vs Liverpool serving a one-game suspension against Birmingham following his red card at Sunderland.

He is likely to return to the back four and another change could see Tuncay, who was rested on Tuesday, return in place of Ricardo Fuller.

The Jamaican has only recently returned from a shoulder injury and Tony Pulis has hinted he will not be fit enough for a second game in five days.

The Potters have no other major injury concerns ahead of the game at the Britannia Stadium.

Liverpool are also likely to have a strong squad available, with Roy Hodsgon likely to have a number of stars available again.

Centre-back Sotirios Kyrgiakos, who was excellent in recent weeks before tonsillitis forced him to miss the last two matches, has returned to training and could go straight back into the side to combat Stoke’s aerial threat.

Joe Cole (hamstring) and Glen Johnson (groin) could also make comebacks after sitting out the last three and two games respectively while Fabio Aurelio (Achilles) is fit again after a long absence.

Midfielder Raul Meireles will be assessed after being forced off at half-time with sickness against Wigan in midweek while back-up goalkeeper Brad Jones is set to take his place on the bench after a shoulder injury.

Stoke (from): Begovic, Sorensen, Nash, Huth, Faye, Shawcross, Collins, Higginbotham, Wilkinson, Wilson, Diao, Delap, Whitehead, Whelan, Etherington, Pennant, Walters, Gudjohnsen, Fuller, Jones, Tuncay.

Liverpool (from): Reina, Carragher, Kyrgiakos, Skrtel, Konchesky, Lucas, Gerrard, Meireles, Kuyt, Rodriguez, Torres, Jones, Johnson, Aurelio, Kelly, Poulsen, Spearing, Shelvey, Jovanovic, Cole, Ngog.

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