Stoke City will be without their skipper for the huge match against Liverpool this week.
Stoke head to Anfield on Tuesday evening for the second leg of their Capital One Cup semi-final, and while the Reds lead 1-0 courtesy of a Jordon Ibe strike at the Britannia Stadium there is still all to play for.
However, Stoke will have to make do without centre-back Ryan Shawcross following his latest injury setback.
The 28-year-old missed the start of the season with a back injury, yet he returned in late October and has been a regular since.
That was until Saturday’s clash with Leicester City, when Shawcross lasted just 30 minutes before being replaced.
Now Hughes has confirmed his captain will be unavailable for a while, saying, “Unfortunately he has some muscle damage and at the moment it looks likely that he’ll be out for three to four weeks.”
That is a big blow for a Stoke side that have more than enough talent to beat Liverpool in their own backyard, but who will be playing both their opponents and the occasion.
After all, if Stoke win they will be one step closer to following in the footsteps of the 1972 cup-winning side.
MH on Shawcross: Unfortunately he has some muscle damage and at the moment it looks likely that he'll be out for three to four weeks. #SCFC— Stoke City FC (@stokecity) January 25, 2016