Stoke skipper Ryan Shawcross will be assessed today after coming off worst in a collision during his comeback game last night.
He was treated just before half-time after an innocent collision which left him requiring lengthy treatment to his knee.
He gingerly left the pitch and was duly subbed at half-time.
The good news is that it was seemingly an impact injury, not another muscle injury, and Shawcross was spotted watching the second half from the stands instead of undergoing lengthy treatment in the dressing room.
But events last night appear to do little for his chances of being fast-tracked back into the senior line up against Hull on Saturday.
Shawcross is currently enduring the worst of his 13 seasons at the club after being laid low by a pre-season leg break.
His first comeback barely lasted a dozen minutes before he suffered a groin injury against Luton on December 10.
He recovered quickly from that setback, however, and was back where he belonged for the dramatic Boxing Day win at home to Sheffield Wednesday when he played the full 90.
He also played the full 90 at Fulham three days later, but finished the game up front after nursing a calf injury because all three subs had already been used.
It was a courageous act he was to pay for with his current absence from the first team’s on-going battle against relegation.
Last night’s game finished in a 3-2 defeat for Stoke after trailing 3-0 at one stage.
Stoke, who had three goals disallowed before they scored, eventually made breakthroughs thanks to second-half headers from Will Forester and Cameron McJannet.
McJannet had come on for Shawcross in a Stoke side which also included Tom Edwards, Josh Tymon, Mame Diouf and Tashan Oakley-Boothe in the starting 11.