English League 2

Brugge pull out of friendly

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Sat, 06 Jul 2013 12:06:00

Stoke City assistant manager Mark Bowen has suggested that Marc Wilson still has a future at the club.

The signings of Marc Muniesa and Erik Pieters appear to have put Wilson's place in the team under threat given that all three men can operate at left-back.

But Bowen believes there could be a role for the 25-year-old Republic of Ireland international elsewhere in the side.

"I don't know Marc, but I was very interested to hear his comments when Mark Hughes got the job here," Bowen told The Sentinel.

"He said he was looking forward to the challenge and looking forward to working with the manager.

"From what people tell me about Marc, he wants the ball at his feet and likes to play.

"I don't think it would be doing him an injustice to say in the long term he doesn't see himself as being a left-back.

"He would probably see himself more as a defensive midfielder or a centre-half.

"So I guess he will be looking at the situation and thinking, 'Thanks very much, now I have a chance to show what I am made of where I want to play'.

"Like everyone else he will be starting with a clean slate."

The Shakers were due to take on Club Brugge at Gigg Lane on Wednesday night, but the Belgians have confirmed they cannot fulfil the fixture.

A statement on Bury's official website read: "Although the club have written confirmation of the game, agents representing the Belgian club contacted the club late on Friday afternoon to confirm that Club Brugge would be unable to fulfil the fixture as promised.

"The club would like to apologise to all supporters for the late cancellation of this game, the decision that has been made is totally out of our control.

"The chairman is working hard at the moment with regards to re-arranging another game on the same evening, with another club on tour in the UK, and will let supporters know via our website once we have details confirmed."

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