Stoke City have so far been able to manage without the presence of Robert Huth at the back.
The big German formed an impeccable partnership with Ryan Shawcross, while his versatility also allows managers to provide physical presence in the right back positions. He has been trying to overcome a long-term injury problem that has limited his league appearances so far this season to zero. He was widely expected to start his comeback by making an appearance in the Capital One Cup match against Southampton. This fourth-round match will be at home for the potters.