Stoke manager Tony Pulis is ready to ring the changes in its Capital One Cup game against Swindon.
The Potters boss is likely to rest some of the players who earned a point in Sunday's hard-fought English Premier League draw against Arsenal.
Pulis also confirmed that winger
Etherington did not play in the goalless draw against Arsenal as
"It will be nice for one or two fringe players to play and prove they should be in the team," Pulis said.
"We'll see how we go but there'll be a few who want to be part of it.
"Matty has hurt his hamstring so he will miss the next couple of games."
Pulis could bring in the likes of
And Pulis is hoping to improve up front after Stoke was unable to score at home against an Arsenal outfit that lacked a cutting edge of its own.
He said: "The one area I thought we were a little bit short on was our quality in the final third."
Pulis also admitted he would like to put the animosity between Arsenal and his side to bed once and for all after the home crowd jeered Arsenal boss
The edge dates back to an incident two and a half years ago when Arsenal's
"You can say and I've said it before. That's gone. We've moved on," he said.
"Irrespective of what I say or what Arsene says, you can't affect what people do.
"As I've said, if I can't affect it I don't worry about it and I personally don't think I can affect it.
"That's got to be other people doing that not me and that's got to be something that happens outside my sphere."