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Team news: Captain Shawcross absent for Stoke

Ryan Shawcross is missing. Credit: PA

Stoke skipper Ryan Shawcross will be once again missing with a back injury this weekend against Aston Villa.

The defender has had injections and is improving but will not be fit and is joined on the sidelines by the suspended Geoff Cameron after his dismissal at Blackburn in the FA Cup last week.

Provisional squad: Butland, Sorensen, Begovic, Wollscheid, Muniesa, Wilson, Bardsley, Pieters, Nzonzi, Adam, Whelan, Sidwell, Palacios, Walters, Ireland, Arnautovic, Crouch, Moses, Diouf, Shenton, Teixeira.


Skipper Shawcross out of Stoke trip to Newcastle

Ryan Shawcross will be missing. Credit: PA

Captain Ryan Shawcross will miss Stoke's weekend trip to Newcastle with a back injury.

The centre-half is set to be absent for the next few games because of a back problem that forced him off in the first half of last Saturday's 3-1 win over QPR.

Jonathan Walters, who scored a hat-trick in that match, is a doubt due to a knee problem that has prevented him from training this week, although manager Mark Hughes is hopeful the forward will be available.

Provisional squad: Begovic, Butland, Wollscheid, Wilson, Muniesa, Bardsley, Cameron, Nzonzi, Adam, Whelan, Ireland, Sidwell, Palacios, Walters, Arnautovic, Crouch, Moses, Diouf.

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Stoke consider official complaint to BBC over Hartson

Charlie Adam's tucks away Stoke's controversial penalty. Credit: Reuters

Stoke City are pondering whether or not to make an official complaint to the BBC over comments made by John Hartson on Sunday night's Match of the Day 2.

The Welsh pundit questioned Stoke forward Victor Moses' professionalism and accused him of taking a "total dive" to win a penalty which helped defeat Swansea at the Britannia Stadium.

Swansea's manager Garry Monk also launched a stinging attack on Moses in his post-match interview, accusing the Nigerian of cheating and describing referee Michael Oliver's decision to award a penalty as "disgusting" and "disgraceful."

The FA are expected to charge Monk for his comments later today, and according to the Telegraph, Stoke's chairman Peter Coates has called a meeting with chief executive Tony Scholes to discuss the club's next step after finding Hartson's comments too unbalanced and accusatory for his liking.

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