Stoke City sweat on key duo

Stoke City's Matthew Etherington

Stoke are sweating on the fitness of Matthew Etherington and Marc Wilson, who could miss the rest of the season through injury.

Despite Saturday’s win at Queens Park Rangers, the Potters still need points to ensure Premier League survival and the news comes as a big blow to boss Tony Pulis, who needs all hands on deck.

Wilson suffered a recurrence of his hamstring problem at Loftus Road and was forced to leave the field, while Etherington did not even make the squad as a back problem keeps him on the sidelines.

Pulis is clearly concerned about both players but admits it does not look good.

“Both of them are having intensive treatment and it’s a case of keeping everything crossed for them,” Pulis revealed. “They are clearly a concern, and at this stage we don’t know when, or if, they will be back.”

There are also concerns over the fitness of striker Cameron Jerome, who injured his ankle against QPR and is already an early doubt for this weekend’s clash with Norwich.

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