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Matty James is suspended after his dismissal in last week’s 1-0 win over Aston Villa, whilst Kasper Schmeichel, Matt Upson (both foot), Jeff Schlupp (knee) and Riyad Mahrez (African Nations Cup) are also unavailable.

Boss Nigel Pearson also has severe doubts surrounding Dean Hammond (calf) and Esteban Cambiasso (hip), but Danny Drinkwater is poised to return after missing the last two games with a groin problem.

Full-back Erik Pieters is a doubt for Stoke but midfielder Steven Nzonzi should be available.

Both players came off at half-time with groin complaints during last Sunday’s 3-0 loss at Arsenal, and Pieters may need a hernia operation.

Victor Moses returned to the matchday squad at the Emirates Stadium as an unused substitute and looks set to make his playing comeback this weekend following a thigh injury.

Forward Mame Biram Diouf remains on African Nations Cup duty with Senegal.

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