Last Updated: Thu, 21 Feb 2013 14:26
Brek Shea and Marc Wilson are both in contention for left-sided roles when Stoke City travel to Fulham this weekend.
Potters boss Tony Pulis has indicated he is now ready to involve Shea, signed last month from FC Dallas, after he was brought up to speed in training.
The USA international was eligible to make his debut in the 2-1 win over Reading on February 9 but Pulis decided against naming him in his 18-man party on that occasion.
Republic of Ireland full-back Wilson has also been working his way back to fitness, having not made a senior appearance since breaking his leg in Stoke's 0-0 draw with Sunderland last October.
The pair were in action in a behind-closed-doors friendly against Scunthorpe on Monday.
Pulis said: "The two of them will be in the squad - whether or not I start with them, we will have to wait and see.
"I think Brek has been out for three or four months with an injury, so this is almost like a pre-season for him, but he is a fit lad I have to say.
"The work we have done with him has shown that he is very mobile and athletic, and very willing as well. So he is not far away.
"I think Willo is close. Willo is on the launchpad, ready to go - he is just waiting for the opportunity, and he will go."
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