TP will - going by his previous selections - play a semi-injured player (e.g. Wright) rather than make too many changes. (not a criticsm,just an observation).
If he cant play Wright he will play Buxton or Dicko @ RB as he will want Zaks pace (compared to Buxton) @ CB with Cort given Watfords front two.
The bigger issue is Pulis Jr @ CM - he has had recent injury himself & regardless of any lack of ability if Ant cant play then TP will be forced into playing either LL or Pugh as CM.
The chances of him playing anything other than 4 midfielders in front of 4 defenders are even lower than the chances of him giving 1sts starts (against the best side in the CCC) to either Demar De or Laet.
both may well be on the bench though & Wedderburn should be involved if not in the 16.
We really do have a big hole in central midfield both in terms of numbers & quality. TP's/Stoke's failure to recruit in the summer cannot be repeated in January.