Peter Coates admits Stoke may have to act over left-back situation in January

Marc Wilson: Injury has left Stoke short of options at left-back

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Chairman Peter Coates says he is ready to finance a deal for a new left-back if Stoke City struggle to cope with Marc Wilson's absence.

Wilson is facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines after fracturing his left fibula during the second half of Saturday's stalemate against Sunderland.

Tony Pulis will have to plug the gap but has previously admitted that he is lacking cover after failing to sign Goran Popov from Dynamo Kiev in August.

Coates insists he will give Pulis his backing when the transfer window reopens if he feels another option is needed.

"I don't think you get value for money in the January window myself," Coates told The Sentinel.

"But if we need a left-back and haven't managed that situation as well as we can, then we will have to do something about it in January.

"It's something we will have to assess at the time, but it's something we can look at if we have to, whether it be a loan or something more permanent."

Coates has sympathy for Wilson, who only recently signed a new deal at the Britannia Stadium.

He said: "We are very pleased about the contract, because I think everybody has seen what a good player he is.

"He has got two good feet, good ability and is also a good age at just 25.

"I suppose we have been rather fortunate up to now in avoiding long-term injuries."