Stoke striker Peter Crouch is desperate to play in Saturday's Barclays Premier League clash with West Brom despite having his teeth knocked out in Wednesday's win over Newcastle.

The former England man was forced off the pitch five minutes before half-time after being caught in the mouth by a flailing arm from Magpies defender Fabricio Coloccini. Crouch lost two teeth while two more were driven into his gum, but the striker and Potters boss Tony Pulis are hopeful he will be able to play wearing a brace.

"Peter's gone to see a specialist today and we're going to see, if he's comfortable enough, whether he can wear a brace. So we haven't given up hope that he can be involved," Pulis said. "It's all about how he gets on with the brace. I spoke to him yesterday and he was very keen to be involved."

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