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Stoke boss Pulis says Etherington should be okay

Stoke City boss Tony Pulis has played down injury concerns for Matt Etherington.

After their FA Cup victory over Brighton, Pulis revealed the 29-year-old was experiencing problems because of an issue with his jaw that Stoke's medical staff were working on.

"He's okay - it's more his jaw-line which is affecting his back than anything else," the manager said.

"He has got a defect in his jaw and we have got a specialist to do a jaw brace for him.

"We are hoping the alignment will be sorted out and Matty will be all right from then on."

He continued: "His back will stiffen up sometimes because the alignment in his spine is just a little bit over, and apparently it has all come from his jaw-line. It amazes me.

"I think a lot of people now wear them (a brace) and I think a lot of clubs get people tested.

"The first thing our medical staff do is look at the back. It is so important - they look to make sure the alignment is right because that can affect hamstrings, calf muscles, cramping in the back.

"Being old-fashioned, it amazes me, but if it works, lets get it done."

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