CHARLIE ADAM will be forced to watch from the sidelines as the Potters look to maintain their five-game unbeaten run at the weekend . . . however, he remains confident that despite his absence the side are more than capable of taking maximum points from a tricky encounter against Aston Villa.
The Scotland international picked up his fifth caution of the campaign during Saturday's 1-0 win against high-flying West Bromwich Albion, meaning he incurs an immediate one-game ban that subsequently rules him out of the encounter at Villa Park.
Whilst the midfielder admits to being disappointed at having to sit the game out, he believes that there is more than enough quality within the squad to cover his absence, and help the side to register what would be a record-breaking fourth consecutive Premier League victory.
"It's a blow because I didn't know until Monday that I was suspended, as I never knew I was on four bookings," the 26-year old said. "That said, it gives somebody else the opportunity to come into the team and play well.
"Hopefully whoever comes in will perform well and help the lads get the result we all want, because at the end of the day it's a team game, and it's not about individuals. The only thing that matters is getting the results we want.
"We had Peter Crouch missing at the weekend and Kenwyne came in and did a terrific job. We have a lot of quality in the squad, so whoever does get the nod on Saturday, I am sure that they will perform well and hopefully help us to get another three points on the board."
Whilst acknowledging that it has been a unified team effort that has helped the side register 13 points from the last five league encounters, Adam did single out fellow summer arrival Steven Nzonzi for special praise - citing his performances in the heart of the side as pivotal to the recent upturn in fortunes.
"He's a very good player and for me he could play at one of the top clubs, without a doubt," he added. "He's got everything in his locker, and for me he is a very similar player to Patrick Vieira.
"He's got that same presence as him, whilst he's also got good energy and he's great on the ball too. I've heard the manager say before that he could potentially play in the Champions League, and I agree with him.
"We are fortunate to have him here as he really is a top, top player, but it also shows the ambition of the Football Club to have managed to have brought him here in the summer."