Stoke City boss Tony Pulis says he won't release any fringe players away on-loan until after their Carling Cup clash with Blackpool.

The size of City's senior squad, which currently numbers 30, is likely to be trimmed shortly by outgoing loan deals, but not until after next Tuesday's Carling Cup fourth-round tie at home to Blackpool.

"No-one is leaving before the Blackpool game," Pulis said. "We'll re-assess where we're at after the cup tie."