Brugge pull out of friendly

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


“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


“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.”