Stoke City manager Mark Hughes revealed that forward Peter Crouch will miss Saturday’s game against Manchester City.
The 34-year-old striker picked up an injury during the League Cup quarter-final victory over Sheffield Wednesday.
Hughes said: “Peter will miss out unfortunately, he’s got an issue with his hamstring.
“We’re looking at about two to three weeks, possibly four.
“It’s a shame because I haven’t been able to give him too many opportunities of late.
“We’ll get him back as soon as we can.”
The Potters welcome Manchester City to the Britannia Stadium with Manuel Pellegrini’s side having injury problems of their own.
Star striker Sergio Aguero and midfielder Yaya Toure have been ruled out.
Hughes said: “They will probably replace them with two other £25 million players, that’s the quality of the group they’ve got.
“They have that ability to replace outstanding players with outstanding players.”
Even without Aguero and Toure, Hughes acknowledged the challenge they still faced:
“Whoever we go up against, the guys that come in are accomplished players in their own right. Whatever combination we have to face we know it’s going to be a big test.”
Nonetheless, Hughes is looking forward to the meeting with his former employers.
“We’re playing well. We’ve had a decent run of form in the Premier League albeit coming to an end last weekend.
“We want to get back on track in terms of our league performances and results.
“Great game for us, looking forward to it.
“It’ll be a big crowd again and it’s always good to go up against the best in the Premier League.”
Hughes also commented on Gary Neville’s shock appointment as Valencia manager, wishing his former teammate well.
“I think it is a great opportunity.
“There’s not many opportunities that seem to be given to British coaches abroad at the level that he’s gone in at.
“Makes a change that we are exporting coaches rather than importing them, so we wish him well.”
The Potters take on Manchester City tomorrow at 12.45pm.
(Additional reporting by Libby Lovell)