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Changes In Store For Chelsea

Stoke City Manager Tony Pulis

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12:04 10th January 2013

City boss expected to make changes for Blues clash

TONY PULIS has confirmed that there are no new major injury worries to contend with as he prepares his side for this weekend’s Barclays Premier League clash against Chelsea.

The Potters, who go into the game vying to prolong a 17-game unbeaten home record, are still expected to make changes to the side from the one that battled out a goalless draw with Crystal Palace on Saturday.

The likes of Kenwyne Jones, Asmir Begovic and Glenn Whelan were all rested for the trip to London last week, however, Pulis has indicated that all three could return to the side against the Champions League 

“It’s a three-game week, so we will take a look at one or two things, and do what we think is best,” he said.

“One or two lads were rested for the Cup game last weekend and they are chomping at the bit to come back into the side this weekend.

“I'm 90 percent sure on what the team will be, but there are just one or two other positions to decide upon over the next 24 hours.”

That would potentially mean spots amongst the substitutes for Danish stopper Thomas Sorensen, England front-man Peter Crouch and midfielder Dean Whitehead.

The only certain absentees are injury victims Rory Delap and Marc Wilson, although Pulis was upbeat on the impending return to fitness of the Republic of Ireland international defender.

“We are hoping to have Marc back in contention in a couple of weeks,” he smiled. “He could even be back amongst the lads again next week out on the training pitch.

“Getting him back into things again will be just as good as signing a new player. He is a top player, and we have missed him – it will be fantastic having him back again.”

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