Potters boss giving first-team pair until the very last minute to prove their fitness...
GARY ROWETT admits he may have one or two selection dilemmas ahead of Saturday’s Championship clash with Ipswich Town.
The Potters boss is already without the suspended Peter Etebo for the encounter but is also sweating over the availability of two other first-team regulars.
Dutch international Erik Pieters limped out of the action during the second half of last weekend’s 2-2 draw with Reading whilst James McClean is currently nursing a foot infection, leaving both players as doubts for tomorrow’s clash.
Speaking to the media at his weekly press briefing on Friday afternoon, Rowett said: “There are one or two knocks and niggles that we are going to have to assess over the next 24 hours.
“Erik felt his hamstring a little bit last weekend which meant he had to withdraw of course, and he hasn't trained this week.
"He managed to get involved with the group this morning, albeit fairly lightly so we will have to see how he recovers and make a decision on whether we think he is available or not."
“Macca (James McClean) has reported back this morning with an infection in his foot too, so we are going to have to look at him between now and the game.
“It may mean that we aren’t able to take a risk with him if we are in a position where we are unsure, but other than that everybody else should be available.”
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