Stoke City face Swansea at the weekend and there is very likely to be returns to starting line-up for the likes of Peter Crouch, Ryan Shawcross and Jon Walters.

Many players were rested while a weakened side went out to Spain for Thursday’s game, Tony Pulis putting much more oomph into his side as they try to turn around a sequence of four defeats on the bounce in the Premier League.

Having lost Thursday’s tie to Valencia, the Premier League and the FA Cup become Stokes’ main goals now this season and as well as the big names coming back into the side Asmir Begovic could be recalled to action after Sorensen kept goal in Spain.

Robert Huth misses the game, he is still serving a three match ban for his unjust sending off in the game against Sunderland.

However, Rory Delap is available after the club appealed against the red card he was shown in the game against Crawley and they won.