Pulis hopes for early Wilson return

PA Sport

Stoke defender Marc Wilson is set to be out of action for around three months after breaking his leg last weekend - although Potters boss Tony Pulis is optimistic the Republic of Ireland international's recovery may be quicker.

Wilson sustained a fractured left fibula in last Saturday's 0-0 Barclays Premier League draw with Sunderland at the Britannia Stadium as he made a challenge on Black Cats striker Steven Fletcher, and had to be carried off on a stretcher.

Stoke this week indicated the 25-year-old was facing up to three months on the sidelines. Speaking ahead of Saturday's away clash against Norwich, Pulis said: "It's three months at least I think. But we are hoping, with the medical staff we have got and the way they overachieve in lots of respects, it might even be quicker than that - fingers crossed."

Pulis added: "We have Wilko (Andy Wilkinson) who can slot in (at left-back), but we are disappointed with what has happened to Marc.

"I think he has probably been our most consistent player this year - he is a very underrated lad and we will miss him because he has great quality."

Pulis also confirmed midfielder Glenn Whelan, who has missed the last two games due a hamstring injury, is available for selection again.

"Glenn is back into contention now," Pulis said. "We didn't feel as if he was ready last week, but he has had a good week's training."

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