Hughes ready for Dubai break
Stoke boss Mark Hughes is relishing the prospect of taking his squad to Dubai for a short break to prepare for the remainder of the campaign.
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The Potters will spend six days training in the Emirate before returning for matches against Manchester City and Arsenal.
Storm-force gales almost led to Stoke's clash with Swansea at the Britannia Stadium on Wednesday being cancelled.
The match finished 1-1, a result that means Stoke are now three points above the relegation zone with 12 games remaining, sitting in the middle of a group of 11 clubs who are all facing a fight to stay up.
But Hughes feels some Dubai sunshine will help, and he said: "I think a lot of clubs are doing it at this time of year because as we all know, the weather is compromising a lot of things.
"From our point of view, as a football club, it's difficult at the training ground at the moment because the pitches aren't in good condition and you can't do the work you want to do.
"At least we won't have any issue in that regard (in Dubai). We will have a decent surface to get some quality work done and be ready for the challenges ahead of us."