Mark Hughes confirms Glen Johnson doubt ahead of Chelsea match

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Xherdan Shaqiri and Marko Arnautovic return for The Potters against top-of-the-table Chelsea.

But Glen Johnson is still out with a shoulder injury he picked up in the 2-0 win over Middlesbrough a fortnight ago.

Chelsea have only dropped points six times this season which has them ten points clear at the top with only 11 games remaining. The sides previously met on New Year’s Eve where the league leaders won by four goals to two.

Stoke manager Mark Hughes believes his side will be able to put up a good fight following recent results:

“We’ve caused them problems in the past and we’re on the back of a really good performance against Manchester City, who clearly are one of the teams closest to Chelsea in terms of ability to win games.

“We’ve shown we can acquit ourselves really strongly against these teams, we’ve always pushed, even if we have been beaten ultimately, but it’s about trying to get to the level that we hit against Manchester City and if we do that then we’ll run them [Chelsea] close.”

Former City loanee Victor Moses is a major doubt for Chelsea after he limped off with a suspected calf injury against Manchester United on Monday. Cesc Fabregas has scored seven goals and is the top assist maker in the but Antonio Conte may opt for seasoned regular, Nemanja Matic.

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