Football - Wilson ready to impress new boss

Marc Wilson is ready to prove himself to new Stoke boss Mark Hughes when he returns from his latest Republic of Ireland mission.

PA Sport

The 25-year-old full-back has spent the last few days trying to shake off the niggling hamstring problem which prevented him from playing his part in Wednesday night's 1-1 friendly draw with England, and is hoping to return in Sunday's friendly against Georgia to prove his fitness ahead of Friday's World Cup qualifying clash with the Faroe Islands.

However, while Wilson has been going through his paces in London and now in Malahide, the Potters have replaced the departed Tony Pulis with Hughes, leaving him and his club-mates with a new man to impress.

He said: "It doesn't bother me in the least. That's football, isn't it? People come and go.

"I wish Tony all the best. He did a terrific job when he was there, but obviously we have got the new manager now and I think everyone will be trying to impress him.

"I haven't met Mark yet, but in the past, he's done a great job wherever he's been and I'm looking forward to working with him."

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