Stoke v Shrewsbury preview
Stoke will be looking to kick-start their season as they host Shrewsbury in the Carling Cup.
By Ben Collins
Last Updated: 24/08/10 12:23pm
Stoke will be looking to kick-start their season as they host Shrewsbury in the Carling Cup second round.
The Potters were denied a last-gasp equaliser against Tottenham on Saturday when a header by debutant Jon Walters appeared to cross the line before being blocked by Peter Crouch.
That condemned Stoke to a second successive 2-1 defeat having lost at Wolves on the opening day so they will be eager to get their first victory under their belt as they welcome League Two Shrewsbury.
The Shrews have made a positive start under new boss Graham Turner, however, claiming league wins against Bradford and Macclesfield while dumping League One Charlton out in the previous round.
New striker Matt Harrold scored the winner in the 4-3 victory against Charlton but will not feature at the Britannia Stadium having been sent off in Saturday's 1-1 draw at home to Aldershot.
The game will be the two sides' first meeting since 1992 and their first cup clash since Shrewsbury beat Stoke 2-1 on the way to reaching the League Cup quarter-finals in 1986/87.
Stoke will remain without summer signing Kenwyne Jones due to his ankle problem.
The £8million striker picked up the injury against Wolves and missed Saturday's defeat by Tottenham.
Fellow forward Mamady Sidibe has undergone an operation on the Achilles tendon he ruptured against Spurs and he is now a long-term absentee.
Manager Tony Pulis is expected to freshen up his starting line-up ahead of a testing trip to Premier League pacesetters Chelsea on Saturday.
Shrewsbury will be without winger Lionel Ainsworth and defender Danny O'Donnell, who both picked up groin injuries against Aldershot.
Ainsworth is expected to miss just the cup tie, but O'Donnell is suspected to have picked up a hernia problem, which would mean a longer absence.
Shane Cansdell-Sheriff is expected to be given a chance to impress while midfielder Kevin McIntyre is available after completing a three-match ban.
Harrold must serve a one-match ban following his red card on Saturday and Nathan Elder (knee) remains a long-term absentee, but fellow striker Kris Bright could return to the squad after his recovery from illness.