Pulis bemoans Etherington blow
Stoke winger Matthew Etherington is in danger of missing the FA Cup final after suffering a hamstring injury in the Premier League win over Wolves.
Etherington pulled up suddenly clutching the back of his leg during the 3-0 victory at the Britannia Stadium. He now faces a race against time to be fit to face Manchester City at Wembley on May 14.
Etherington's injury follows those suffered by striker Ricardo Fuller (ruptured Achilles) and defender Danny Higginbotham (knee), with both men already ruled out of the showpiece match.
Manager Tony Pulis said: "It is a massive disappointment for us. We won't know the extent of Matty's injury until tomorrow when he has a scan. But we will do our damnedest to make sure (he is ready) as he has 17-18 days yet. The first week is very important as we will get it sorted out.
"Then he will have ten days after that to get it as strong as he possibly can to play in the final. Having lost Ricardo and Danny it is a massive blow because we haven't got the resources of Manchester City. It would have been tough enough with our best players."
Stoke have almost certainly secured their top-flight status for a fourth succcesive season thanks to goals from Kenwyne Jones, Ryan Shawcross and Jermaine Pennant.
However, Pulis is not relaxing just yet.
"It was a big game for us tonight," he said. "The players' attitude and application towards the job was fantastic. The first half was as good as we have played in the Premier League.
"We hope our status is guaranteed now. To get to a fourth season in the Premier League and reach the FA Cup final is quite a remarkable journey.
"This club and this team is a lot better that the team that came in. We have gradually improved."
It was Wolves' 13th defeat in 17 away league games and the prospect of relegation remains very real.
Manager Mick McCarthy said: "That's as poor as we have played here. They were better than us. They stopped us playing.
"It is a difficult time when you are in the bottom three and playing against a good side who have just got to Wembley.
"Playing for Premier League survival should be enough to motivate us. We will play better in the remaining four games."