Stoke are sweating on the fitness of Kenwyne Jones and Jermaine Pennant ahead of this weekend's trip to Everton.
Jones, who scored in Wednesday's Carling Cup defeat to West Ham, and winger Pennant are both struggling with a sickness bug that has swept through the Stoke camp.
Both players were forced off with the problem during the 3-1 extra-time loss to West Ham and Potters boss Tony Pulis is waiting to see if the duo will recover in time to take on Everton at Goodison Park.
"It's a case of dusting the players down and getting them ready for Everton after the disappointment of losing a long match like this," said Pulis.
Cuddle"We're hoping Kenwyne and Jermaine Pennant will be all right because they were both feeling under the weather and had to come off.
"There has been something going around the camp.
"Kenwyne didn't really want to play, but I gave him a bit of a cuddle to get him out there.
"He felt very sweaty and cold. He said he'd had it over a week now, but he'd said nothing about it before."