Stoke wait on Allen verdict

Stoke wait on Allen verdict

Midfielder Joe Allen will be assessed by Stoke ahead of the Premier League visit of Sunderland on Saturday.

Stoke boss Mark Hughes says Allen "probably did a little bit too much with the Welsh squad" during the international break and the midfielder is a doubt with a hamstring injury.

However, the Potters boss remains hopeful he will be able to call on Allen against the Black Cats despite his injury concern.

Glen Johnson misses out with a thigh injury that is set to keep him on the sidelines for up to a month, meaning the full-back could also miss the games against Hull. Swansea and West Ham.

Provisional squad: Given, Grant, Shawcross, Martins Indi, Cameron, Bardsley, Pieters, Muniesa, Imbula, Allen, Whelan, Adam, Arnautovic, Sobhi, Shaqiri, Diouf, Bony, Bojan, Crouch, Walters.