Stoke skipper Andy Griffin has vowed to play through the pain of his fractured left hand, even though he knows he is risking serious injury.
The defender says he will be in the line-up to face Hull City on Saturday - with or without the plaster cast he has been told to wear for the next six weeks.
Griffin unknowingly fractured a metacarpal against West Bromwich Albion last week, but he says it is not enough to keep him out of action, despite knowing that another collision could leave him requiring surgery.
Griffin, who has played in all 14 of Stoke's Premier League games this season, said he has never suffered this type of injury before and hopes it will not sideline him for any extended period of time.
He told the Stoke Sentinel: "If the ref lets me play with it then great, but if not then I'll take it off and wrap the hand up in a bandage and take the chance.
"If I get a kick on it or fall on it, I'll not only be in a lot of pain, but any further damage might leave me needing an operation to have the bone pinned and then I'd be out for a couple of weeks."