Mark Hughes has confirmed Jonathan Walters will be in Stoke’s squad at Arsenal after the transfer window closed without him moving away.
Walters was left out of the 18 when the Potters lost to West Brom last time around amid interest in his signature from Norwich but Hughes is now ready to usher him back into the fold in North London.
Charlie Adam and Ibrahim Afellay are both suspended having being dismissed against the Baggies while Mame Diouf (hamstring), Marko Arnautovic (ankle) and Glen Johnson (groin) are all doubts for Hughes, who cannot call upon Peter Odemwingie (hamstring) and Ryan Shawcross (back).
Provisional squad: Butland, Given, Muniesa, Wilson, Wollscheid, Bardsley, Pieters, Johnson, Cameron, Whelan, Van Ginkel, Ireland, Sidwell, Arnautovic, Walters, Bojan, Shaqiri, Diouf, Crouch, Joselu.
Arsenal expect both central defenders Per Mertesacker (illness) and Laurent Koscielny (back) to be available for Saturday’s Barclays Premier League match against Stoke.
England midfielder Jack Wilshere has, though, suffered a setback in his recovery from a hairline fracture in his left fibula.
Forward Danny Welbeck faces a long period of rehabiliation following knee surgery, while Czech midfielder Tomas Rosicky (knee) is also sidelined after his operation.
Provisional Squad: Cech, Monreal, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Bellerin, Coquelin, Cazorla, Ozil, Ramsey, Sanchez, Giroud, Ospina, Walcott, Campbell, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Debuchy, Gibbs, Gabriel, Arteta.