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Stoke defender Andy Wilkinson's back problem is likely to keep him out of tomorrow's FA Cup fourth round tie at home to Manchester City.
The full-back sustained the problem in their third round replay last week and while Ryan Shotton played 45 minutes in a midweek friendly after a hamstring injury he may not be risked.
Thomas Sorensen is set to replace Asmir Begovic in goal, as has been the policy for cup matches this season.
Manchester City will check on Samir Nasri ahead of their FA Cup fourth round trip to Stoke after the forward was hampered by a virus this week.
Right-back Pablo Zabaleta is fit after overcoming the foot injury that forced him off in last week's Barclays Premier League win over Fulham.
Midfielder Yaya Toure and defender Kolo Toure are at the African Nations Cup with Ivory Coast while right-backs Micah Richards and Maicon (both knee) remain out.
Stoke: Sorensen, Cameron, Shawcross, Huth, Upson, Whelan, Nzonzi, Walters, Kightly, Etherington, Jones, Sorensen, Whitehead, Crouch, Jerome, Adam, Palacios, Owen, Shotton, Begovic.
Man City: Hart, Pantilimon, Zabaleta, Kompany, Nastasic, Lescott, Kolarov, Clichy, Rekik, Silva, Milner, Sinclair, Barry, Garcia, Rodwell, Nasri, Aguero, Tevez, Balotelli, Dzeko.
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