Stoke manager Mark Hughes has revealed his team is battling through injury ahead of the midweek game against Southampton.
The injury woes are in defence with both Marc Muniesa and Glen Johnson possibly out for the Potters.
Muniesa picked up a knock on his knee during Stoke’s loss to Arsenal on Saturday, while Glen Johnson has an eye infection.
But there could be good news on the injury front, with Hughes saying he is “hopeful” Jon Walters could return for the game against the Saints. Hughes also hinted at a potential return for Ryan Shawcross but admitted that it was probably “a little too soon” for the centre back.
In his pre-match press conference, Hughes also gave an update on long term injury victims, Jack Butland and Geoff Cameron.
“Geoff’s going to be a couple more weeks. Jack had that setback obviously, we expect him to be back very shortly.”
Hughes has also been encouraged by the work Ibrahim Afellay.
“He’s training really well. He’s not far away from a return, he needs games. We’ll probably look at the under 23’s see what they have ahead.”
Julien Ngoy made his debut at the weekend, coming on as a substitute against Arsenal, and Hughes has been impressed with the youngster recently.
“I have to say in recent weeks, Julien has showed up really well, not just for the under 23’s, but in training sessions with the senior team as well.”