TONY PULIS has expressed his disappointment at not being able to call upon on new signing Geoff Cameron for the Barclays Premier League opener at Reading.
American international Cameron will not return from the United States until early next week after featuring in his country's friendly against Mexico and then having to tie up formalities in the United States which will rubber-stamp his move to the Britannia Stadium.
Pulis had been hoping to call upon the summer capture from Houston Dynamo after his impressive debut for the Potters in a pre-season game out in Germany.
But a delay to the game and then the need for Cameron to head to the States to complete his visa means that he will not be back in England until next week.
"I am disappointed that we couldn't get Geoff back from America in time, he's going to be a great player for this club," explained City's manager.
"He had a great game for the States in their historic win over Mexico, but now he has to complete a biometrics test as part of his visa application."
He added: "We're expecting him back early next week and then he should be available for our first home of the season against Arsenal."
While Cameron will not be available at Reading, Pulis may be able to call upon key defender Robert Huth who has made a rapid recovery from viral meningitis.
Huth was only discharged from hospital a week ago, where he underwent five days of treatment, but he has made an encouraging return to training.
"We'll have to wait and see how he reacts to training today before making a decision on whether he will be able to start tomorrow," confirmed Pulis.
"It's a massive bonus to us that we are even able to consider him for our opening game because he's had a big scare for himself and his family."
Pulis will welcome back defender Marc Wilson after he missed the Republic of Ireland game in midweek due to a virus, but winger Jermaine Pennant is a doubt after he suffered more problems with a thigh injury sustained three weeks ago.