Date: 27th February 2016 at 10:33am
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Stoke City are once again facing an defensive injury crisis as they welcome Rene Garde`s Aston Villa to the Britannia Stadium this afternoon.

Captain Ryan Shawcross has ruled himself out of a return from a back injury, whilst Marc Muniesa has failed in his attempts to prove his fitness.

Marc Wilson and Glen Johnson remain long term injuries whilst Phil Bardsley and Geoff Cameron will face a late fitness tests.

Mark Hughes can welcome back Marko Arnautovic though, who has shaken off an illness that forced him to miss Stoke`s win at AFC Bournemouth.

Charlie Adam is another long term absentee for the Potters and won`t be available this afternoon.

Vital Stoke predicted eleven:
Butland
Cameron Wollscheid Teixeria Pieters
Imbula Afellay
Shaqiri Bojan Walters
Arnautovic