Potters won't push Sidibe

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Stoke insist they will not risk striker Mamady Sidibe's long-term health in a bid to get him fit for the end of the season.

The Mali international suffered a cruciate knee ligament injury while warming up prior to last week's reserve fixture against Aston Villa.

Pulis told the Stoke Sentinel: "The options are split between rest and recuperation on the one hand, in the hope the injury will settle down, or immediate surgery to repair the ligament."

He added: "The first course of action might mean he comes back in time for the last three or four games of the season, while the second obviously means a long period of recovery.

"We'll have a good discussion today to decide the best course of action but the bottom line is we do what is best for Mama.

"I think every fan knows what a lovely fella he is and he'd die for the cause but it will be a decision ruled by the head and not the heart."

Sidibe was out of action for two months earlier in the season with an injury to the same knee.

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