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Huth injury doubt for Birmingham

Mark Hughes' anger at Javier Hernandez remains after Robert Huth was ruled out of making an appearance in the Capital One Cup tie with Birmingham City.

Huth received 28 stitches after a head clash in December
Robert Huth looks set to miss Stoke's game against Birmingham.

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Hughes was furious with Hernandez for the challenge on his German defender during Saturday's 3-2 defeat at Old Trafford.

He claimed the challenge was "reckless" in the immediate aftermath of the game against Manchester United and with Huth now virtually certain to miss the trip to St Andrew's on Tuesday night, Hughes has not changed his mind over his assessment of the Mexican's tackle 

"I said at the time that I thought it was reckless and Robert's a real doubt for the game on Tuesday because of the challenge. He's got a very swollen ankle and is the one big doubt I've got," Hughes said.

"It was a bad challenge, but I said my piece at the weekend. I stand by that."

Huth is likely to be replaced by Marc Wilson or Geoff Cameron as Hughes expects to field a strong side against their Championship opponents.

Ryan Shawcross is also expected to be part of the squad and Hughes feels it is time to draw a line under the exchange with Robin van Persie at Old Trafford, which resulted in his captain being booked at half-time in the Stoke dressing room.

Shawcross and Van Persie clashed in the tunnel at halftime and Hughes says he hasn't discussed the incident with his captain and described it as 'something out of nothing'.

"The referee felt he needed to book Ryan in the changing room, which was a first for me, maybe there were a few petty things going on but they resolve themselves," Hughes said.

"Sometimes it's just better to get on with it. The half had finished and I would have thought the natural break in proceedings would have allowed everyone to calm down, which they did.

"In the second half there was no inclination from anyone on either side to carry on. It's just one of those things that flares up very quickly and is extinguished just as quickly." 

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