Wilson eyeing Stoke return after broken leg

The defender is looking to this weekend's game against Fulham to force his way back into Tony Pulis' plans after recovering from an injury sustained in October against Sunderland

Stoke City defender Marc Wilson is hoping to make his long-awaited return to first-team action this weekend against Fulham.

The Republic of Ireland international suffered a broken leg against Sunderland back in October and has come through two behind-closed-door friendly matches without setback and is now keen to step up his rehabilitation in a Premier League game.

"I am looking towards the Fulham game now as a possible return to action,” Wilson told the club’s official website.

Wilson is set to feature in another low-key friendly on Monday afternoon and the 25-year-old is hoping to coming through unscathed and force his way into Tony Pulis’ plans.

"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," he added.

"I want to be back out on the pitch, because watching from the stands just watching isn't the same.

"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."