Pulis confident on injured duo

07 May 2009 11:40
Stoke City manager Tony Pulis hopes Liam Lawrence and James Beattie will shake off injuries in time to face Hull City this weekend. Lawrence is currently struggling with a hip injury, while former Southampton, Everton and Sheffield United striker Beattie has a thigh strain. Pulis said: "We have to go a bit carefully with Liam but, fingers crossed, he'll be okay. "James got a good hour last Saturday. There's still a weakness there, but knowing him he'll want to play." Meanwhile, Pulis is expecting a tough game against the Tigers who are only three points above the relegation zone after securing just two wins in their last 26 Premier League fixtures. The Potters boss added: "This is one fixture they'll have set their sights on. They've said they've targeted their two remaining home games. "Those games are against Stoke and Manchester United, so it's going to be ourselves they'll be throwing everything at. It'll be a cauldron we'll be walking into. "They've got the same players that took them into a European spot earlier in the season and so, for me, they're a dangerous team."

Source: ESA