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 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."