Hughes waits on Shawcross

Stoke boss Mark Hughes hopes captain Ryan Shawcross will be fit to face Aston Villa in Saturday's Barclays Premier League clash at the Britannia Stadium.

Ryan Shawcross

The defender suffered a groin problem in Wednesday's Capital One Cup defeat by Manchester United and will be given a late fitness test.

Shawcross' absence would be a major blow given his centre-back partner Robert Huth (knee) is still out, while strikers Peter Crouch (groin) and Jonathan Walters (ankle) are also doubts and midfielder Stephen Ireland cannot play against his parent club.

Provisional squad: Sorensen, Begovic, Cameron, Wilson, Shawcross, Muniesa, Palacios, Pennant, Nzonzi, Walters, Assaidi, Crouch, Jones, Pieters, Arnautovic, Adam, Shea, Whelan.



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