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Cuellar and N'Zogbia close but Albrighton out for Stoke

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Cuellar and N'Zogbia close but Albrighton out for Stoke

By Paul Brown

Carlos Cuellar and Charles N'Zogbia could be fit to face Stoke tonight - but Marc Albrighton misses out.

Cuellar [thigh] and N'Zogbia [knee] are touch and go for the Potters clash with Alex McLeish hinting they could start from the bench if fit.

Albrighton [thigh] will be absent for the evening kick-off after pulling up in training in the run-up to the Liverpool game.

McLeish said: "Marc probably won't be ready for Stoke.

"He came back after the Arsenal game and was terrific when he came on against Chelsea.

"But he limped off from training with a thigh strain on Thursday.

"He had the same injury earlier in the season.

"Carlos and Charles are close. Whether they can start the game having not trained for a couple of weeks, that's something we have to consider.

"I know the lads in the dressing room want to go again, such is the high of the draw and state of mind they are in.

"We will have a check on them before we decide on the team.

"They'll be getting the ice baths and the massages and things like that so that they're ready to go again against Stoke.

"But I suspect that they'll all be coming in in a good mood. I don't see many of them going for the treatment table.

"I can see a lot of them coming in saying 'I'm all right and want to go again', but we've got to consider one or two."

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By @AVFCOfficial 9th April 2012
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