DEADLINE DAY arrival Brek Shea isn’t eligible to make his Stoke City debut against Arsenal this weekend . . . and Dave Kemp has revealed that he isn’t sure as to when supporters can expect to see the American international in action.
The highly rated 22-year-old winger put pen to paper on a four-and-a-half year deal at the Britannia Stadium on Thursday evening, ending a five-year association with Major League Soccer side FC Dallas.
However, having not played a competitive game since picking up a foot injury in August, and still having necessary work permit paperwork to complete back in the United States, Kemp acknowledged that it could still be a number of weeks before he is able to make his Potters bow.
“Brek has been injured for three months, so we can’t expect too much at the present moment, truth be told,” Kemp said at the pre-match press conference.
“He trained yesterday, and he appeared to be ok, but we will need the fitness guys to take a further look at him over the coming days and weeks.
“He needs to be assessed properly, before we can have any idea of how long it will be before he comes into consideration.”
He added: “He wouldn’t be available to us at the moment anyway because he needs to return back to the United States to complete his work permit, and get his passport stamped.
“I’m not sure how long that process will take, but it is the same thing that Geoff had to go through too. Hopefully it won’t be too long.”
Kemp also confirmed that there are no new injury worries to contend with ahead of the clash, and delivered further promising news on the rehabilitation of Republic of Ireland international Marc Wilson.
“Marc is progressing well, but again we have to make sure that we take our time with him and don’t rush him back too quickly,” he added.
“Hopefully we can fit in a reserve team game next week for him, if we feel that it is the right thing for him at that point.
“It’s important not to rush him though, because we don’t want to get him back and then lose him again. It’s important to get it right, because he is a big player for us.”