Stoke will be without Matthew Etherington for the Barclays Premier League clash against Manchester City at the Britannia Stadium.

The midfielder is facing a lay-off after suffering in a knee injury in Saturday's FA Cup clash between the same two sides, although Stoke are still to learn the exact nature of the problem.

Andy Wilkinson (ankle) and Liam Lawrence (knee) also took knocks but should be fit while Abdoulaye Faye (back) is fit and in contention.

Midfielder Salif Diao has warned Manchester City to expect further aerial bombardment from Rory Delap.

The Potters held Roberto Mancini's men to a draw in their FA Cup fifth-round clash at Eastlands on Saturday as they once again profited from their most infamous tactic.

Stoke were trailing to a Shaun Wright-Phillips goal when Ricardo Fuller raced into the box to equalise by heading in a trademark long throw-in from Delap.

Goalkeeper Shay Given afterwards rued the fact the hosts had fallen victim to such an old trick but Diao is promising more of the same as the sides meet again.

Diao said: "I think it is one of our weapons and we need to use it.

"It is working so we need to carry on using it."

Roberto Mancini is facing a severe shortage of players.

Carlos Tevez has been granted leave to return to Argentina for family reasons and is definitely out, with Craig Bellamy (knee) and Vincent Kompany (groin) set to join him on the sidelines.

In addition, Shaun Wright-Phillips, Stephen Ireland and Martin Petrov all suffered knocks against the same opposition at the weekend and could miss out.

Adam Johnson does return after being cup-tied for the fifth-round tie against the Potters at the weekend.

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