Midweek Sport - - THURSDAY NOVEMBER 1 -

STOKE chair­man Peter Coates has told Tony Pulis he will make funds avail­able in Jan­uary to re­place crocked left-back Marc Wil­son.

The Ire­land de­fender has been ruled out for at least three months af­ter break­ing his leg against Sun­der­land.

But, with right­footed Andy Wilkin­son the only cover avail­able, Pulis is short of cover.

“I don’t think you get value for money in the Jan­uary win­dow,” said Coates.

“But if we need a left-back, then we will have to do some­thing about it in Jan­uary.

“It’s some­thing we will have to as­sess at the time, whether it be a loan or some­thing more per­ma­nent.

“I sup­pose we have been rather for­tu­nate up to now in avoid­ing long-term in­juries.”

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