Stoke handed defender boost

Stoke defender Marc Wilson has allayed fears he is facing another spell on the sidelines after limping out of a practice match.

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A Potters side were in action against Crewe on Tuesday afternoon, which gave the Republic of Ireland international the perfect chance to step up his return to full fitness.

Wilson, who has been on the sidelines since January with a knee ligament injury, started in central defence, but alarm bells started to sound when he was forced to limp out of the action in the opening minutes.

The extent of the problem is not yet known, but Wilson took to Twitter later on in the day to confirm it is nothing serious.

“Injury today not as bad as first thought,” Wilson revealed. “Was my first real tough tackle so had some pain with it which is expected.”

Wilson is hoping to prove his fitness ahead of the European Championship this summer, but it remains to be seen if he will get a chance in Stoke’s remaining three games.

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