Stoke manager Tony Pulis remains optimistic injuries to striker Dave Kitson and defender Ryan Shawcross are not as serious as first feared.
Kitson, a £5.5million summer signing from Reading, was carried off on a stretcher with a knee injury early in the 1-0 victory over West Brom on Saturday while Shawcross was substituted with a back injury. Both were examined by a specialist on Tuesday and were told to rest for the next few days.
"Dave has opened up the medial ligament in his knee a bit. It's now a case of seeing what rest does for him over the next day or two," Pulis told the Stoke Sentinel. "It's a similar story with Ryan after the scan showed up a couple of what I am told are very small fractures in the back."
He added: "We are keeping our fingers crossed it is nowhere near as serious as it sounds.
"As with Dave, we won't make any kind of decision on Ryan until we've seen what a couple of days' rest will do for him."
Both are unlikely to face Hull in Saturday's Barclays Premier League match at the Britannia Stadium.
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