TONY PULIS will check on the fitness of players nursing “niggles” before finalising his plans for Saturday’s date with Queens Park Rangers on Saturday.
The Stoke City boss has revealed that one or two players were forced to sit out training today as they are nursing minor injuries ahead of the visit to Loftus Road.
He is confident they will get the green light to resume training tomorrow, but insists he won’t take any unnecessary risks with them for such an important game.
City still have doubts surrounding winger Matthew Etherington, who missed last weekend’s defeat by Champions-elect Manchester United with a back problem, while defender Marc Wilson also sat out that game with a hamstring injury.
Pulis said: “We’re still a little bit concerned about Matty Etherington; he’s the one that we’re waiting on. We’ll see what he’s like.
“We’ve got one or two players with niggles who didn’t train today. We’re hoping they will be okay to train tomorrow, but it’s a case of making sure that we’re right.”
City will head to West London determined to arrest a run of three successive defeats which has left them just three points above the drop zone.
Pulis added: “We’re looking for 40 points. If we lose the next three games and win the last two we’ll get to 40 points.
“But we’ve got five games left and we’ll try and get as many points as we can.
“We’ve needed to score more goals – even when we were doing well we weren’t scoring enough goals.
“The players trained really well today, they looked really bright and we’ve got to keep them bright and positive.
“When you get in a run like this there’s a lot of negativity and you understand that, especially at Premier League level, so it’s important that you try and keep them away from that.”