Stoke City manager Tony Pulis admits he has too many options in his squad

Potters facing trip to Newcastle on Sunday...
Tony Pulis reckons he has a selection dilemma on his hands as he prepares his side for their trip to Newcastle United on Sunday.

Following Stoke City’s impressive 2-0 League Cup win against Fulham on Tuesday, the Potters' boss has admitted he was impressed by the players he brought in who were able to see off the challenge of the Cottagers.

His rotational policy saw Tuncay Sanli, Danny Higginbotham and Andy Wilkinson do their chances of being involved in Sunday’s starting line-up no harm at all as they all put in solid performances against Mark Hughes’s side.

"I would much rather be in this position than not be," Pulis told Stoke’s official website.

"We have strength in depth now and that is fantastic for us.

"There are players who did very well on Tuesday and they will be hoping to play on Sunday.

"I will have a good look at it, and whilst I know there will be some players disappointed to miss out, the team I do put out there is one I believe can go and get the three points from this particular game."

Pulis is likely to stick with first-team regulars such as Kenwyne Jones, Jermaine Pennant and Jon Walters for the match against Newcastle.

"Thankfully, I am expecting all three of them to be fine in time for the game.

"Kenwyne and Jonathan were both involved against Fulham, so they are fine, whilst Jermaine has come on well over the last few days too.

"Whether he is ready to start, I'm not sure yet, but I expect him to be involved in the squad.

"We were worried about all three of them at the time because you never know how serious the injuries are until they have been assessed.

"But luckily none of them were too bad, and with a day or two rest they managed to make full recoveries.

"Jermaine has been working hard over the last few days and he will train with the lads today, which is great news for him and for us."

Thomas Sorensen is also likely to return in goal following his recovery from an elbow injury.

"Thomas is a big lad and I'm sure he will be fine," said Pulis.

"He has had a few problems with his elbow over the past few weeks but he has been fine with it, and I don't anticipate it being a problem for him."

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