Hughes ponders changes

  • Last Updated: March 28 2014, 17:01 GMT

Stoke boss Mark Hughes admits he is weighing up whether to change a winning side ahead of Saturday's visit of Hull.

Hughes: Seen some positive signs this week
Hughes: Seen some positive signs this week

The Potters are in with a great chance of finishing in the top half of the Barclays Premier League for the first time and are chasing a third-successive victory.

Hughes has midfielders Stephen Ireland and Charlie Adam available again but bringing them into the side would mean changing a line-up that triumphed 4-1 at Aston Villa.

"Charlie and Stephen have trained really well over the past week or so, so they do come into my thinking, but the lads who have been in the side over the past week or two have performed exceptionally well," Hughes told the club's website.

"It's a difficult one for me given the options that are available, although that is a nice problem to face to be perfectly honest with you."

Ireland missed the Aston Villa match due to a contractual agreement with his former side while Adam is back from suspension.

Hughes added: "It's a good position to be in because we have a lot of players who are desperate to play and a lot of players who are performing to a very good standard on matchdays too."

The Stoke boss has however ruled out winger Oussama Assaidi returning against Hull following a knee injury.

Defender Erik Pieters is likely to play however having recovered from a knock.

"I don't think Ozzie (Assaidi) is going to be available," said Hughes.

"He has been training and is progressing but we just think that it may be too early to consider bringing him back into contention.

"There were a few lads with one or two bumps and bruises earlier in the week with Erik being one of those, but he should be fine come kick-off which is pleasing."