Stoke City: Etherington touch and go
MATTHEW Etherington will need a late fitness test before Stoke boss Tony Pulis names his starting 11 at Newcastle on Sunday.
Etherington has trained the last couple of days after missing last week's defeat by West Ham with back trouble.
"I'm not sure what he's going to be like," Pulis admitted, "but we've got the extra day and so we've got some hope that Matty will be involved."
Michael Kightly will be fit to line up on the wing - despite a collision with Robert Huth in training.
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"He's got a graze on his shin from Huthy," Pulis revealed.
Huth himself is serving the second of a three-game ban for violent conduct on Sunday.
Meanwhile, Michael Owen has trained fully this week to leave him in with a chance of being included on the bench against one of his former clubs.