Tony Pulis will not be putting too much pressure on new Stoke signing Michael Owen.
The 32-year-old former Manchester United and Liverpool striker, dogged by a catalogue of injury problems throughout his career, says he feels in good enough condition to feature and he will be assessed by Pulis ahead of kick-off.
Boss Pulis wants to try to ease the pressure and has been keen to emphasise that Owen is very much part of a group of forwards in his squad.
"I think by bringing Michael in now, we have got different options," Pulis said.
"We'll see how it goes - I don't want to put too much pressure on him.
"I just want him to come and enjoy his football and get fit and sharp again at a club where he knows if he plays well, he will have an opportunity."