Sunderland midfielder Lee Cattermole was conspicuous by his absence, sparking fresh speculation over Stoke's reported interest in him, but Hughes insisted no bid had been tabled and Oatway confirmed that.
He said: "He just had a little bit of a knock. There have been no bids."
But the midfield general refused to talk about Saturday's derby fixture on Tyneside, saying: "I haven't had time to think about it."
Meanwhile, Argentinian striker Ignacio Scocco watched from the stands as he closed in on a move to Wearside.