Stoke City boss Mark Hughes isn't ready to write off Wilson Palacios just yet.

The 28-year-old former Wigan and Spurs star poised to return for pre-season training in just over a fortnight to give new boss Hughes his first close-up glimpse.

"He will be back for pre-season training along with everybody else as things stand at the moment," said City chairman Peter Coates to The Sentinel.

"I know he has played for Honduras recently (in a World Cup qualifier against the USA) and so let's hope that has done him some good.

"Mark wants to have a good close look at everybody when they do return to the club because he wants to make his own assessment of what is in front of him."