Stoke City boss Mark Hughes hopes to be able to field Charlie Adam in the clash with Swansea City on Saturday despite the in-form midfielder having suffered a suspected broken nose.
The Scotland international, who has scored three times in his last four games, was injured during training on Thursday, but Hughes remains hopeful that Adam, who has broken his nose before, will be ready to face the Swans.
Adam has burst into life in recent weeks, finding the net against both Stoke City and Southampton, having previously scored an astonishing goal from inside his own half against Chelsea.
And Hughes remains upbeat for the game at the Liberty Stadium, telling reporters: “He looks like he has broken his nose. I think he has done it in the past and it is probably where the weakness is.
“As long as that does not swell up to any consequence and affect his breathing he should be okay. He’s obviously got a mask from the last time he did it, so we are all prepared.”
Hughes is also sweating on the fitness of defender Geoff Cameron as Stoke aim to try and overtake their opponents and move into eighth place in the Premier League.
Swansea are currently three points better off than the Potters, with the two sides having the same goal difference, meaning that a Stoke win in south Wales will see them take eighth spot with three games to play.
Stoke are 3.40 to secure a victory at the Liberty Stadium, with the draw 3.20 and a Swansea win 2.25.