Stoke City are facing a defensive crisis ahead of the trip to Villa Park in GW26 following the injury to Marc Muniesa during Saturdays’ fifth round FA Cup defeat at Blackburn Rovers.
Marc Muniesa played a significant part in consecutive Stoke City clean sheets to close out 2014 and his prospects are looking strong after a good first half of the season.
Marc Muniesa injured his hamstring in the Potters' Week 15 victory over Arsenal and is unlikely to be ready to return to the starting line-up for Week 16 against Crystal Palace.
Stoke City were exemplary during the first half at the Britannia Stadium on Saturday - a performance which blew visitors Arsenal away – and one which signalled intent from the opening 20 seconds.
Coming off of a brace in League Cup action, Marc Muniesa was given a start against Newcastle and didn't disappoint.
Former Spanish youth international Marc Muniesa scored a brace against Sunderland to put Stoke City through to the final 16 of the League Cup.
On-loan Barcelona defender Marc Muniesa is back in training for Stoke City.
Stoke City announced on Twitter that, "Mark Hughes: Marc Muniesa has a groin strain is not available for the weekend".