Stoke City is hoping that Ryan Shawcross has worked past his back issues that have plagued him throughout the season in time for this weekend.
Ryan Shawcross could miss out once again as the Stoke defender struggles to shake off a back problem.
Mark Hughes confirms Ryan Shawcross has been ruled out of the trip to Vicarage Road due to a minor back strain.
Mark Hughes remains optimistic that Ryan Shawcross will be available for this weekends’ trip to Watford after being forced off against Southampton due to a back problem.
Ryan Shawcross is close to full fitness and could return against Southampton this weekend.
Stoke City confirmed defender Ryan Shawcross is participating in a running program as he looks to return from a back injury during the club's week off.
Week 26 will come too soon for Ryan Shawcross in his recovery from a significant back injury but he should be available for Week 27 in two weeks time.
Mark Hughes confirmed during Mondays’ Capital One Cup semi-final briefing that Ryan Shawcross will miss up-to four weeks after he was forced off against Leicester due to injury.
Ryan Shawcross came off early in Stoke City's 3-0 loss at the King Power stadium.
Ryan Shawcross served his one match ban for being sent off against Sunderland over the weekend during the Potters' 2-0 win over Sheffield Wednesday on Tuesday.
Stoke City suffered the club's first loss of November in a 2-0 defeat to Sunderland after playing with 10 men for much of the second half due to Ryan Shawcross' sending off.
Ryan Shawcross came through the Potters' win over Chelsea in the League Cup and is expected to return to the starting line-up in the Premier League against Newcastle in Week 11 as well.
Ryan Shawcross has returned fit from the back injury that has seen him miss the first nine weeks of the season. Whether he starts immediately remains to be seen.
Ryan Shawcross's back will require surgery and that could keep him on the sidelines for two months or more.