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Fuller could miss rest of season

Ricardo Fuller
Fuller had to be helped off by medical staff at Sunderland

Stoke's Ricardo Fuller could miss the rest of the season after suffering a dislocated shoulder against Sunderland.

The club are waiting for the results of a scan to discover whether Fuller has suffered any additional damage.

Fuller landed awkwardly in Saturday's 2-0 defeat and manager Tony Pulis fears the Jamaican striker will be sidelined for at least three months.

Pulis told BBC Radio Stoke: "It's a very disappointing injury. We could lose him for the rest of the season."

Fuller is the Potters' top scorer this season with six goals, although he had not netted for Stoke since 29 November.

Pulis will now hope that Mamady Sidibe can step up his recovery from the knee injury he picked up in the goalless draw against Fulham on 13 December.

The Stoke boss says Sidibe will play a very important part for his team for the final two months of the season.

"We can't wait to get Mama back, he's vital for us and we've missed him immensely," said Pulis.

"People are only just realising how important he is. Sometimes he doesn't get the credit he deserves but he's a very important part of the club."

Pulis at least has options in attack, with Dave Kitson, Henri Camara, James Beattie and Richard Cresswell battling for a starting place up front.

"At times we've lacked a yard of pace up front, and we've got that now with Matthew Etherington and Henri Camara," added Pulis.

"The main area for us to have competition is up front because we need to score more goals."

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Sunderland 2-0 Stoke
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