Stoke City: Marc Wilson set for Fulham return
MARC Wilson is hoping to return to action in Stoke City's next game, at Fulham on February 23.
The left-back continued his recovery from a broken leg when he came through 90 minutes of a behind-closed-doors friendly against Burnley at the Britannia Stadium yesterday.
Stoke lost 2-1, but were more encouraged by the progress of Wilson who broke his left leg against Sunderland in October.
The 25-year-old is lined up for another reserve match on Monday before manager Tony Pulis decides whether to use him in the Premier League game at Craven Cottage.
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Wilson said: "I am looking towards the Fulham game. I think the game on Monday will benefit me and then I have the rest of the week to get myself right for the weekend.
"I want to be back out on the pitch. Just watching isn't the same."
Wilson was one of Stoke's most impressive performers in yesterday's friendly as he linked up with new winger Brek Shea on the left flank.
Former FC Dallas wide-man Shea scored Stoke's goal with a header from a corner.
Wilson's display will also have delighted the Stoke management, who have struggled to find a regular replacement for the Republic of Ireland defender since his injury.
Wilson was pleased to come through 90 minutes.
He said: "The main objective for me was to get fitness out of the game.
"I am not feeling any twinges, more stiffness than anything."
The defender paid tribute to the Stoke medical staff who have helped him back to fitness.
He added: "The staff here have been different class. They haven't given me many days off, but I think that has helped me in the long run."
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