Chelsea are now third in table, 16 points behind clear leaders Manchester City, but have closed the gap to Manchester United in second to just a point. They are coming off a 2-0 victory against the newly promoted Brighton & Hove Albion on Tuesday and have 42 points to their name.
Hughes had been under huge pressure going into a Christmas period that yielded a 3-1 win over West Bromwich Albion and a 1-1 draw at Huddersfield, and those results had helped to move the spotlight away from his position as manager in the Potteries, although he could find himself under the cosh again if his team fail to cope with the loss of several first-team players.
The west London side, who won the title in style last term, are now in third place in the Premier League table as they look to try and get ahead of Manchester United in second.
Stoke must also do without the on-loan Kurt Zouma, who is ineligible to play against his parent club, as well as Bruno Martins Indi (groin injury) and Glen Johnson (knee injury).
Andreas Christensen could return to the team after missing the win over Brighton due to illness, meaning Gary Cahill could drop to the bench. Chelsea have won twice away since, including earlier this season when Morata's hat-trick powered an easy 4-0.
In spite of reports he could see out the season with his hometown Las Palmas under their new boss Paco Jemez, Hughes believes Jese wants to succeed in England.
On-loan France worldwide Kurt Zouma is ineligible to play against his parent club, while former Chelsea defender Glen Johnson is out with a knee injury.
In an end of year finale, Chelsea host Stoke City on Saturday in this Premier League clash.
"But he might get back to the level he needs to be at very soon, hopefully". Stoke City, in their current form aren't expected to give the reigning champions too much trouble, but Chelsea have had a bad record against relatively smaller teams this season.
The injury hit full back is a sought after talent, having been signed by Chelsea for £22 million from FC Augsburg in 2015, he is now wanted by Serie A side Fiorentina, who are keen to take him on loan for the remainder of the season.
In November, at least one security guard was killed as ISIL fighters stormed Shamshad TV , a private television station. Women and children were among the dead at the center, which accounted for the vast majority of the casualties.
The monthly total of 73 inches is now the most snow for December, smashing the previous record of 66.9 inches set in 1989. Northern Indiana was expecting up to 5 inches (13 centimeters) with slightly less in the southern part of the state.
Trump's tweets have caused an online backlash, with many Twitter users pointing out the difference between weather and climate. In 2015, he wrote: "It's really cold outside, they are calling it a major freeze, weeks ahead of normal".
There are those unexpected feelings and the most fantastic feeling of all was to have the title of World Champion again. In his own inimitable style, Kasparov slammed Anand's detractors, especially those who say that he should retire.
The pilot assured the Air Traffic Control that he had the situation under control immediately after the shaky landing. Winter Storm Ethan dumped at least three inches of snow on Boston, which saw its first White Christmas in 14 years.
Cardi took to twitter to clear that Offset is still her boy, she tweeted on December 25 "I still put the p***y on Offset ". But Offset , " Bad and Boujee " rapper, allegedly spent time with a woman in his hotel room, according to XXL Mag.
An encounter started last night based on information about the presence of two terrorists at Samboora village in Pulwama district. Tantray alias Noor Trali was during a cordon and search operation in Samboora village of Pampore in Pulwama district, yesterday.
Then at 1.5am (AEDT), he popped up again with a tweet showing a cartoon of Santa making a Wikileaks "good or bad" list. Several users said Assange deleted his account, but some thought the account was suspended by Twitter.
Police officers killed in shooting outside Egypt church
The group's North Sinai affiliate had killed at least seven Coptic Christians in the restive peninsula in less than a month. The attack began when the gunman tried to break through the security cordon outside the Coptic Church of Mar Mina.