With Norwich City set to be without key options in attacking areas, Christos Tzolis is likely to emerge at the forefront of David Wagner's mind as he seeks solutions for Stoke. 

Norwich are poised to be missing injured trio Onel Hernandez, Kieran Dowell, Jon Rowe and the suspended Marquinhos for Saturday's trip to Staffordshire.

Adam Idah, who has been playing in a wide left role, is a major doubt with a foot concern sustained in the midweek draw to struggling Huddersfield. 

That is likely to present an opportunity to some City players who have occupied the fringes of the squad, with Tzolis yet to start since returning from his loan at FC Twente in January. 

Wagner has been on a mission to build up the Greek international's fitness following a lengthy knee injury that limited his minutes in the Netherlands and City's boss has adopted a cautious approach to reintegrating into his City squad. 

But he was keen to have the 21-year-old as an attacking option for the second half of the Championship campaign and encouraged the club to find a solution with Twente to bring him back into the fold. 

A goal against Birmingham and some moments of promise during cameos from the bench have been witnessed since his return - but injuries elsewhere may push him forward for a start against Alex Neil's side on Saturday. 

The Pink Un: Norwich are set to without a host of creative midfield options - with Adam Idah also a doubt.Norwich are set to without a host of creative midfield options - with Adam Idah also a doubt. (Image: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd)

Speaking after Wednesday's draw to Huddersfield, Wagner explained why Tzolis has struggled to break into this starting XI so far. 

"The reason is that he has competition in these positions and our wingers, Onel (Hernandez) and Kieran (Dowell) as well as when Adam (Idah) has played there, have done very well," he said. 

"Adam was there with an assist again tonight. Marquinhos was the other option so this is the only explanation. 

"This is the situation and we have to find ideas and create ideas as to how we will solve the issues."