Tony Pulis' plans to try to end the club's miserable away record may have been disrupted by the loss of Kenwyne Jones.
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The Stoke City manager is hoping Jones turns up for training on Friday, ahead of the trip to Goodison Park, after being delayed on his return from international duty with Trinidad and Tobago.
Stoke are looking to record only their second away victory in 25 games against Everton, but Jones has been held up in Peru and he missed training on Thursday after being held up in Lima.
Pulis will have to delay his full assessment of his squad 24 hours, because of Jones' problems as a large number of his squad were away on international duty this week, including Brek Shea and Geoff Cameron, who were part of the USA side playing in Mexico City.
"Geoff (Cameron) and Brek (Shea) have had long trips, as has Kenwyne Jones, who still hasn't turned up here yet. Hopefully they are all ok, and we will make a decision on them on Friday," Pulis said.
"It's one of those weeks where you find yourself glued to the television, watching and praying that the lads who are away all come through the games unscathed.
"We had nine or ten of them away, including two who were playing in Mexico City just 36 hours ago. It is tough and it is hard for them to go away and play and then travel back."
"I will have to see how the American lads are before we pick the team for Saturday. I've got a team I would like to play, but until you get them back you don't know.
"On Tuesday I watched the Irish game, even though I was desperate to watch the Welsh, because we had three players playing in it."
Robert Huth is likely to return to the starting XI after missing the last three games because of suspension.
Pulis is delighted to have the powerful defender available to him again, citing his partnership with skipper Ryan Shawcross at the back as key to the club's fortunes in recent seasons.
"He is a fantastic player, and is a hugely influential figure here for us. He has a fantastic partnership with Ryan, and the two of them have been brilliant for us over the last few years," Pulis said.
"It's great to have him available again because we have missed his presence on the pitch in the last few games."