Stoke handed injury boost

Stoke City's Matthew EtheringtonMatthew Etherington could return against Norwich on Saturday following a back injury, Stoke boss Tony Pulis has revealed.

Etherington has been struggling with the injury for the last few weeks and earlier in the week boss Tony Pulis hinted he may not play again this season because of the problem.

However the winger has reacted well to some injections and after training well on Thursday, Pulis has revealed he could figure against the Canaries, although he may not start.

“There’s a good chance Matty will be fit because he has trained really well today which is encouraging,” Pulis told the club’s website. “He’s had some injections in his back over the past couple of weeks which seem to have cleared the problem, so it is a big boost to have him back in contention.

“Whether we take a chance on him to start or not, we’ll have to wait and see. It gives me a selection headache after last week’s win, but it’s a nice one to have.”

However Stoke look set to be without Marc Wilson as the player is struggling with a hamstring injury and Pulis says the game this weekend will come too soon for him.

Midfielder Charlie Adam and striker Cameron Jerome have been nursing ankle injuries this week and face late fitness tests ahead of the game.

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