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A Double Boost For Pulis?

TONY PULIS is hoping to have both Marc Wilson and deadline day acquisition Brek Shea available to him for the Barclays Premier League trip to Fulham in little under two weeks time.

Wilson hasn't featured for the first-team since breaking his leg against Sunderland in October, whilst American international Shea is set to benefit from a free weekend as he continues to acclimatise to his new surroundings following his recent move from the United States.

Speaking following Saturday's 2-1 victory over in-form Reading, City's boss said that both players will come into serious consideration for the clash at Craven Cottage, should they come through two planned behind-closed-doors friendlies unscathed.

"We have a break now where we can rest one or two of the players up for a little while, and the ones who we are trying to get back can step things up, which is fantastic for us," he said.

"We are looking to stage a couple of friendly games over the next week or so to give players like Marc and Brek a chance to step up their fitness.

"If they do that, then they will definitely come into the equation for the Fulham game; there is no doubt about that."

He added: "Brek has looked really lively in training since coming back here, and Marc was close to being part of the squad at the weekend. It would be a real boost to have them available to us."

Meanwhile, Pulis confirmed that he is likely to resist any temptation of handing Cameron Jerome a starting role down in London, despite displaying his goal-scoring credentials from the bench against the Royals.

"I think Cameron is a great impact player for us when the game is stretched and people are starting to get tired," the Welshman said.

"His pace and power is fantastic and, as a centre-half, he's a player you wouldn't want to see coming off the bench.

"He is a game changer for us, and whilst I think that he has struggled at times when he has started games, there is no doubt about it that when he comes off the bench he has the ability to make things happen."

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