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Defence duel excites Mick.

Byline: Bill Howell

MICK McCarthy says he is relishing the prospect of Richard Stearman and Kevin Foley battling it out for the right-back slot at Molineux.

McCarthy has waxed lyrical about Stearman since he came in for Foley after the opening game of the season against West Ham.

But Irish international Foley, the club's Player of the Year last season, is not far away from a return after a medial knee ligament injury leaving McCarthy with an interesting selection poser.

"Stears has been great," he said.

"He played the best part of his 150 games for Leicester at right-back, though more by design having been put in there as a young lad.

"But he was terrific for us for 37 games at centreback last season.

"He had a couple of alright games at full-back, but being out of the side and then getting a slot back has really galvanised his thoughts to being in the side.

"He's not going to relinquish that role easily I can assure you because he knows he's got competition at centre-back." McCarthy says he will not have a problem in having to pick one or the other in his side.

"I won't have a dilemma, I just pick the best one," he said.

"I'll have an issue - if Stears is playing as well as that, he stays in the team.

"He's got to keep playing as well as that though because he's got some competition with Kevin Foley because Kev was Player of the Year."

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Selection poser: Kevin Foley is close to a return.
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