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Jonathan Walters’ run of 102 consecutive Premier League starts for Stoke is under threat because of a thigh problem.

The striker is a doubt for the clash with Cardiff at the Britannia Stadium, which defender Robert Huth and forward Marko Arnautovic will definitely miss out.

Huth has had a successful operation on his knee and could be back in three to four weeks while Arnautovic is still recovering from a hamstring strain.

Meanwhile, Cardiff manager Malky Mackay is expected to rotate his squad for the trip to Stoke.

Craig Bellamy and Peter Odemwingie maybe set for starting roles having been on the bench for Saturday’s defeat against Arsenal, with winger Craig Noone another possibility.

But striker Andreas Cornelius may have to wait for his first league start as Mackay looks to manage his return from a lengthy lay-off with an ankle injury.

Stoke are just three points clear of the relegation zone but Saturday’s drubbing at Everton was their first league defeat in four.

Mark Hughes’ side has scored fewer goals at home this season (five, compared to seven on the road), so the Britannia fans could become restless, particularly if the Potters struggle against Premier League newcomers Cardiff.

The Welshman have shown they can put up a fight against the best but only one win and four goals away hints at a dour night.

Stat of the game: Just five goals have been scored in the last five Premier League matches played at the Britannia Stadium.

Stoke (Possible, 4-2-3-1): Begovic; Cameron, Shawcross, Muniesa, Pieters; Walters, Whelan, N’Zonzi, Adam, Ireland; Crouch.
Out: Huth (knee), Arnautovic (hamstring), Arnautovic (hamstring).
Tests: Jones (shoulder), Walters (thigh).

Cardiff (Possible, 4-1-41-): Marshall; Théophile-Catherine, Caulker, Turner, Taylor; Medel; Bellamy, Mutch, Whittingham, Kim; Campbell.
Out: None.

Referee: Michael Oliver. Matches: 9 R0 Y38.

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