Faye set to sit out Rovers clash

Stoke captain Adboulaye Faye looks unlikely to be fit for Saturday's Premier League clash with Blackburn at the Britannia Stadium.

Last Updated: 05/02/10 at 15:26

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Faye only returned to the side at Sunderland on Monday night after overcoming a back problem, but the Potters skipper had to be withdrawn after suffering back spasms and now looks set to miss out again.

That should mean a recall for Andy Wilkinson at right-back, while Ricardo Fuller may also return to the starting line-up up front.

Tony Pulis has decisions to make in midfield, with Salif Diao, Glenn Whelan, Rory Delap and Liam Lawrence competing for two places alongside the in-form Dean Whitehead and Matthew Etherington.

New signing Asmir Begovic will be on the bench after completing his move from Portsmouth on transfer deadline day.

Potters (from): Sorensen, Huth, Abdoulaye Faye, Amdy Faye, Higginbotham, Collins, Lawrence, Sidibe, Whitehead, Delap, Diao, Kitson, Beattie, Etherington, Fuller, Tuncay, Pugh, Whelan, Simonsen, Begovic.

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