Wilkinson boost for Stoke

first_img Press Association Stoke defender Andy Wilkinson will be available for the Potters’ opening match of the Barclays Premier League season against Liverpool next month. Wilkinson was sent off for a challenge late on in Stoke’s 1-0 victory over FC Dallas on Saturday during their pre-season tour to the US. Manager Mark Hughes had feared the full-back would be handed a ban that would see him miss the first game of the season at Anfield on August 17. center_img However, Wilkinson will instead have to sit out the final game of Stoke’s tour against Philadelphia Union on Tuesday night. A statement on www.stokecityfc.com read: “Stoke City can confirm that defender Andy Wilkinson will serve an immediate one-match suspension following his dismissal in Saturday’s 1-0 pre-season friendly victory against FC Dallas. “The news, which has been confirmed by the Football Association, ensures that Wilkinson is available for selection for the 2013/14 curtain raiser against Liverpool at Anfield.” last_img

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