Wilson set for Stoke comeback
Soccer:Republic of Ireland international Marc Wilson is targeting a return to senior action for Stoke in this weekend’s Premier League clash with Fulham after four months out of action with a broken leg.
The defender has been sidelined since suffering the setback against Sunderland in October, but is optimistic of being available for the Potters’ trip to Craven Cottage if he comes through a third practice match this afternoon unscathed.
Wilson told Stoke’s official website: “I am looking towards the Fulham game now as a possible return to action.
“I think the game today 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, because watching from the stands just isn’t the same.”
Wilson has not experienced any setbacks since his return to training at the end of January.
He said: “I’ve had a few weeks of training, and I’ve played in a few games now too.
“The good news is that I haven’t felt any twinges. If anything, it is just general stiffness, which was to be expected.”
Meanwhile, Birmingham City have confirmed that Republic of Ireland midfielder Keith Fahey has returned to the club following a period of special leave related to a private family matter.
The 30-year-old has been training with Shamrock Rovers in recent weeks and Birmingham boss Lee Clark has planned a gradual reintroduction for the Dubliner.
Clark said: “It is great that Keith has now returned to the club.
He underwent a full fitness assessment last week and I’m delighted to say that he is in great shape so, within a few weeks of being back in full training and some reserve team action, he should be ready to push his way back into consideration for first-team selection.”
Fahey thanked the club for their support and said he has worked hard on his fitness in a bid to play a part with the club as they try and avoid slipping into the relegation area in the Championship.
Fahey said: “I want to thank the club for giving me the necessary time and support to deal with what was a genuinely personal family matter, I appreciate it greatly.
"Over the last few weeks I have been doing the equivalent of pre-season training with my local club Shamrock Rovers and I would like to thank that club’s manager, Trevor Croly, for allowing me to do so.
“While I need to achieve match fitness I believe I am close to being ready to return to Championship football. I now want to contribute fully to Blues’ campaign for the remainder of the season.”