Stoke City manager Mark Hughes has confirmed that Marc Wilson will be out of action for between 10-12 weeks with a medial knee ligament injury picked up during Saturday's FA Cup loss to Crystal Palace.
However, with this summer's Euro 2016 finals in mind, Hughes did add that the prognosis was better than first thought after initial fears that the Republic of Ireland international had sustained cruciate ligament damage.
Speaking on stokecityfc.com. Hughes said: “Marc Wilson is unavailable. It’s not cruciate ligament injury thankfully but it’s the medial, so it’ll be 10-12 weeks, so it’s significant.
“It’ll near-on rule him out for the season now but hopefully he’ll get back. It’s one you have to manage correctly which we always do and it should be straightforward in terms of recovery.
"Luckily it’s not a cruciate which we feared when it happened. Marc’s down at the moment, as you would expect. He’s looking forward to the European Championship, which is what he wants to be involved in at the end of this season so I’m not sure if his injury will make him a doubt for that, we hope not."
The Potters boss also had news on Shay Given, adding that the player hopes to be back in training soon after he also injured his knee.
"Shay isn’t fit at the moment. He’s with the physios and we want to get him out on the training pitches sooner rather than later. He’s had an issue with his knee but we’re hopeful once he starts goalkeeping work which he hasn’t been able to do lately, then he’ll be able get up to speed quickly.”