Stoke will give a late fitness test to Jermaine Pennant ahead of the game after he came off with a hamstring problem only 11 minutes into last Saturday’s 3-0 win at West Brom.
Although a scan has revealed the damage to be not as bad as first feared, the winger remains a doubt.
Defender Andy Wilkinson could also miss out due to a sore knee, but Jon Walters should be fit to play despite a recent groin injury.
Mario Balotelli might have to be content with a place on the bench as Man City visit the Potteries.
The Italian striker has served a three-match ban but following City’s excellent victory at Fulham last Sunday, Roberto Mancini is reluctant to disturb his team.
Mancini will be forced to make one change though as Pablo Zabaleta serves a one-match ban after picking up five bookings.
Stoke (from): Begovic, Huth, Faye, Shawcross, Collins, Etherington, Pennant, Whelan, Whitehead, Walters, Fuller, Jones, Gudjohnsen, Wilkinson, Higginbotham, Tuncay, Delap, Diao, Wilson, Sorensen.
Man City (from): Hart, Richards, Bridge, Lescott, Boyata, De Jong, Vieira, Barry, Johnson, K Toure, Y Toure, Tevez, Silva, Adebayor, Balotelli, Kolarov, Given, Milner, Kompany, Boateng.