Etebo has been overlooked for selection by Stoke boss Michael O’Neill, after last appearing in a 1-0 away loss to Sheffield Wednesday on October 22.
He has so far played in 11 of Stoke’s 23 league games this season.
And speaking during his pre-match press conference, Stoke boss O’Neill revealed that Etebo and a teammate Ryan Woods have recovered from illness and have trained ahead of Thursday’s game.
He also gave the latest on other players who are injured.
“First of all on Friday night we had the issue of Ryan Woods and Peter Etebo both being ill,” O’Neill said.
“Obviously Stephen Ward and James McClean had to come off so they are doubts for the game on Boxing Day.
“Peter and Ryan were back in training over the weekend and trained with the squad today, as did Ryan Shawcross.
“Our only real concerns are around Stephen and James for Thursday.”
Stoke are currently bottom on 18 points in the 24-team Championship league table.