STOKE City will be without summer arrival Mame Biram Diouf for Saturday’s Premier League clash with Sunderland.
Diouf – who was Stoke’s match-winner as they beat Manchester City 1-0 earlier this season – limped out of Monday’s win over Newcastle United with a hamstring injury.
The 26-year-old has now been ruled out of Saturday’s game at the Stadium of Light, despite the fact the injury is not as bad as first feared.
Stoke manager Mark Hughes said: “It’s not as serious as we thought it might have been but he isn’t going to be available to us, and he will also miss the international fixtures too.
“We are happy with the scans we have seen, though.
“When he initially pulled up sharply during the game we feared that he could be out for a prolonged period of time.
Marko Arnautovic – who came on for Diouf against Newcastle – is expected to take his place in the side, while defender Geoff Cameron is in contention after a hernia injury.