Wilkinson cleared to play in Stoke opener

After being issued with a red card during the Potters' pre-season win over FC Dallas on Saturday, the defender will be allowed to serve his suspension in their next friendly
Stoke City defender Andy Wilkinson will be allowed to feature in the club's opening Premier League fixture against Liverpool.

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The 28-year-old received a red card in the closing stages of the Potters' 1-0 pre-season victory over FC Dallas on Saturday.

Manager Mark Hughes had feared that his player would serve his suspension in the Premier League but he will instead miss Stoke's final USA tour match against Philadelphia Union on Tuesday.

"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," read a statement on the club's website.

"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."

Wilkinson featured on 24 occasions in all competitions last season as Stoke secured a 13th-place finish in the Premier League.