Stoke goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen is confident a hip injury which has forced him to return home early from international duty will not keep him out of Barclays Premier League action at the weekend.
The 34-year-old pulled out of Denmark's Euro 2012 qualifier with Cyprus on Tuesday night because of a muscle injury sustained in training last week. He opted to play in Friday's 2-1 defeat to Portugal but had to be replaced.
However, Sorensen is optimistic of being ready for Saturday's trip to Bolton, and told The Sentinel: "It is a small tear in the hip area and an ultrasound scan showed there was some bleeding. I'm walking all right, but it's the explosive work, like kicking and sprinting, which is a problem. The doctor in Denmark told me this injury usually lasts a week so there shouldn't be a problem for the weekend."
He added: "It was a difficult decision to come home, but you cannot gamble on this sort of thing.
"I know I have made the right decision."
Stoke are looking for a third successive Barclays Premier League victory after losing their opening three games.
"We have turned a corner," Sorensen continued.
"Our last win against Blackburn was a great team effort. With good results comes confidence and you can definitely see the change."