Stoke City: Mark Hughes says Potters can spend if needed

Stoke City manager Mark Hughes
Mark Hughes' Potters were only beaten by Glen Johnson's late header for Liverpool at Anfield on Saturday

Stoke City manager Mark Hughes says he has no plans to spend in the January transfer window unless the Potters' injury woes worsen.

Hughes has had to prepare for Tuesday's trip to Manchester United without five injured first-team players.

But he told BBC Radio Stoke: "It's part and parcel of a hard Premier League campaign that, at some point, you lose players through injuries or suspension.

"It's unlikely we'll spend a significant amount in the window."

On top of the loss of defender Robert Huth (calf) and strikers Peter Odemwingie (knee) and on-loan Victor Moses (thigh), Hughes has this week suffered a double blow in midfield.

Stoke City's form guide
Stoke City lie 12th in the Premier League on 15 points from 13 games, four points above the relegation zone
After going unbeaten in their first four away matches in all competitions this season, Stoke have now lost three of their last four
Hughes' men have not won back-to-back league matches since the final two games of last season

Steve Sidwell will be out for six weeks after suffering a grade two tear in his medial knee ligament, while Glenn Whelan suffered a calf muscle injury on his comeback in Saturday's 1-0 defeat by Liverpool at Anfield.

But Hughes said that the Potters already have the necessary strength in depth to avoid having to recruit when the transfer window reopens in the New Year.

"We'd only go in if we got stretched," he said. "If, in January, we lose any to long-term injuries then, if the right player became available, I'm sure there'd be resources available.

"If it continues, we're going to have to make sure we're not exposed and don't leave ourselves too open. We want it to resolve itself and, in the given time, we'll be able to welcome players back."

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