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Mark Hughes reveals reluctance to make January signings

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Only the worsening of injuries at the Britannia Stadium will force Stoke City to sign any players in January, according to Mark Hughes.

The Potters currently stand in a reasonable 12th position but injury woes are starting to swarm the mind of the Stoke boss after losing yet another player on Saturday.

Victor Moses was ruled out until the new year last week while Robert Huth and Peter Odemwingie are still on the road to recovery from injuries respectively.

But at Anfield on Saturday, midfielder Steve Sidwell was the latest to fall into the wrath of casualties at Stoke this season as their squad availability is decreasing slowly but surely game by game.

Glenn Whelan then unfortunately strained a calf muscle and limped off in that game too in his return from injury, so Mark Hughes will take his side to Old Trafford on Tuesday without five first squad players.

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But the former Manchester City boss is adamant that the Britannia Stadium will be seeing no new faces in the winter transfer window and only an increase in his injury worries can persuade him into prowling the transfer market for fresh quality.

"It's part and parcel of a hard Premier League campaign that, at some point, you lose players through injuries or suspension", he told BBC Radio Stoke.

"It's something we are struggling with as you can see, but unless the situation worsens, we shall not be looking for anyone new" he added.

Stoke's away form was certainly something to look to for inspiration at the start of the season having gone unbeaten in their first four games on the road. But ever since a bundle of injuries became a key issue for Hughes, they have lost three of four Premier League games.

However, the Potters boss finally admitted to the possibility to signing some new faces in January when he confirmed "We'd only go in if we got stretched. If, in January, we lose any to long-term injuries then, if the right player became available, I'm sure there'd be resources available."

With his team's form deteriorating having failed to win back-to-back games since the last two fixtures of the previous season, penning a new signing may be something that the former Manchester United player is forced into doing.

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