Etherington boost for Stoke
Stoke boss Tony Pulis expects Matthew Etherington to be fit for the FA Cup tie at home to Brighton.
Last Updated: 16/02/11 12:54pm
Stoke City manager Tony Pulis expects Matthew Etherington to be fit for the FA Cup fifth round tie at home to Brighton & Hove Albion.
Etherington missed last weekend's 1-0 defeat at Birmingham City due to a hamstring injury, but has now returned to light training.
He is due to step up his training on Thursday and Pulis is looking forward to having the winger available for the visit of League One leaders Brighton.
"Matthew's been a bit sore, but he's all right and the fitness lads think he'll be OK," said Pulis in The Sentinel.
"He did a bit of jogging for about an hour yesterday and then went for a dip in the pool before having an injection.
"Fingers crossed, he can train properly tomorrow and then we'll see what happens with regards to Saturday.
"Jon Walters did well in his place at Birmingham, but there's no doubting the pace and the energy Matt gives us."
Pulis also confirmed that goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen will return to the Stoke side for the FA Cup fixture to replace Asmir Begovic.
He added: "Thomas has played in all our FA Cup ties and he was always coming back into the team for the Brighton game.
"Asmir has been fine this week. Making mistakes and bouncing back from them is all part of a player's education.
"And when you're playing youngsters, you have to accept there will be mistakes. But Asmir remains a good prospect and nothing that happened last Saturday will change that."