Luiz Felipe Scolari has ruled Joe Cole out of Saturday's game at Stoke with a minor injury.
The winger will not travel to the Potteries, remaining behind at Cobham for treatment along with team-mates Ricardo Carvalho and Deco.
'Deco works with the medical staff and Carvalho the same, and today Joe Cole felt again his injury, so he will not go tomorrow. 21 days is the time for Deco and Carvalho. Joe Cole will be two or three days,' Scolari said.
For the home side, manager Tony Pulis will definitely be without defender Danny Pugh who is suspended and injured Andrew Davies, while forwards Ricardo Fuller and Mamady Sidibe are major doubts. They both picked up knocks against Reading in League Cup action during the week. Ibrahima Sonko is also a potential absentee after injury against Liverpool last week.
The Potters will welcome back Amdy Faye who returns from suspension for a red card picked up against Middlesbrough last month.