Stoke City manager Tony Pulis has not ruled out the possibility of both James Beattie and Dave Kitson playing for the first team this season.
Both players have been frozen out of the Potters' pre-season programme, the latest match of which ended in a 2-1 win against Burnley.
However, Pulis said:"Beattie trained with the other players who never came, because I wanted to give Mama Sidibe, Ricardo Fuller and Tuncay time in the middle.
"James would have just sat it out, so he had a training session back at the ground instead and I'm told he worked his socks off.
"Beattie and Kitson are both Stoke City players. At the moment they are working hard to keep fit and, if we need them, we need them."
Beattie has been linked with a £1.5million switch to West Brom while Pulis has denied that he is ready to launch a £9million bid for West Ham United striker Carlton Cole.
When asked if there was any truth in the Cole rumours, he said:"None whatsoever.
"However, we aren't just after a striker, but three or four players if we can. We have money to spend, but it's got to be the right players at the right prices."