Stoke wait on Wilkinson

Stoke defender Andy Wilkinson is a doubt for tomorrow’s Premier League trip to Swansea after coming off in the FA Cup replay against Crystal Palace on Tuesday with a back problem.

Fellow full-back Ryan Shotton (hamstring) could return after being ruled out of the Palace game and goalkeeper Asmir Begovic and midfielder Charlie Adam are set to having been rested on Tuesday, while Potters boss Tony Pulis says he has a “big decision” to make over whether or not to bring striker Kenwyne Jones – a goalscorer as a substitute in the cup tie, and a reported Swansea target – back into the first XI at the Liberty Stadium.

Defender Marc Wilson, out since breaking his leg in October, is in training again but not yet ready for selection, nor is midfielder Rory Delap (calf), and although winger Jermaine Pennant is back from his loan spell at Wolves, he will also not feature at the weekend.

Provisional squad: Begovic, Shotton, Shawcross, Cameron, Huth, Upson, Wilkinson, Whelan, Nzonzi, Walters, Kightly, Etherington, Jones, Sorensen, Whitehead, Crouch, Jerome, Adam, Palacios, Owen.

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