Throw-in specialist Rory Delap is a doubt for Stoke's crucial home clash against Fulham on Saturday after suffering an arm injury.
The player has been forced to wear a sling and is receiving pain-killing injections because of the problem.
But Potters boss Tony Pulis hopes to have Delap - whose throws have proved such a potent force in the Premier League so far this term - available by the weekend.
He told The Sentinel: "It's a case of wait and see but at this stage I'm not losing any sleep over Rory being available for Fulham.
"It's not really anything to do with his throws, it's just a problem causing him pain in the arm."