Stoke midfielder Stephen Ireland has no doubt the Potters have the quality to pull away from relegation danger.
Samir Nasri claimed Manchester City clearly felt the effects of their tussle with Barcelona as they laboured to a 1-0 victory over Stoke.
Yaya Toure grabbed the only goal as Manchester City finally saw off dogged Stoke 1-0 to claim three crucial Barclays Premier League points.
Robbie Keane will sit out the Republic of Ireland's friendly with Serbia in Dublin on March 5.
The transfer window closed on Friday night with Premier League clubs finishing up their business for another winter.
Peter Odemwingie is keen to show that he is still capable of being a regular goalscorer in the Premier League at new club Stoke.
Stoke boss Mark Hughes has stressed that Potters striker Peter Crouch is not for sale.
Stoke have been beaten to the punch on a handful of January transfer window targets, according to manager Mark Hughes.
Stoke are hopeful of finalising the signing of United States striker Juan Agudelo in the next couple of days once they have found a club who can take him on
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