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Crouch's Fighting Chance

TONY PULIS is hopeful that Peter Crouch will be available for selection against West Bromwich Albion tomorrow . . . but it could depend on the outcome of a visit to a dental specialist on Friday afternoon. 

Crouch had two teeth knocked out and two others damaged after a collision with Fabricio Coloccini in Wednesday's win over Newcastle, yet could be fit to play if a brace is fitted in time for the clash at the Hawthorns.

Pulis stressed that the England striker had made it clear that he was determined to feature in the West Brom game.

"Crouchy is seeing the specialist as we speak, so we'll have to wait and see if they are able to fit the brace," he revealed.

"He will meet up with the rest of the squad at our hotel in the morning and I'll have a chat with him. I'll see how he is then and that will probably determine whether he features in the game, but I am quite hopeful."

Kenwyne Jones deputised for the Club's record signing in the week, providing the assist for Cameron Jerome's winner at the Britannia Stadium, yet could make way if Crouch completes his recovery in time for West Brom.

Pulis also said that Michael Owen and Andy Wilkinson could be involved, although both are likely to take a place on the bench if they're named in the 18-strong squad.

At the end of a three-game week, Pulis will be grateful for having no further injury concerns, with Marc Wilson (broken leg) and Rory Delap (hernia) the only other long-term absentees for the Potters.

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