Stoke off the hook as Wilkinson serves one match ban

Andy Wilkinson will be available for Stoke's opening match of the Barclays Premier League season against Liverpool next month.

Andy Wilkinson will be available for Stoke's opening match of the Barclays Premier League season against Liverpool next month.
The defender was sent off for a challenge late on in Stoke's 1-0 victory over FC Dallas on Saturday during their pre-season tour to the US.

Wilkinson will only serve a one match ban and miss the final game of Stoke's tour against Philadelphia Union.

A statement on stokecityfc.com read: "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.

"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."

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