Stoke City manager Michael O’Neill has explained why midfielder Oghenekaro Etebo has been on the bench for a while.
In October, Etebo was injured and forced off a Championship game against Sheffield Wednesday in the 21st minute.
Stoke sacked Nathan Jones and hired O’Neill on November 8, but the new manager has not fielded the Nigerian international.
“Peter came back after, I think, four weeks out. When I came to the club, Peter was injured. He’d come back from international duty and been injured. So that was far from ideal.
“His training has been ok, it’s been no better than ok, so that’s important.
“There’s no guarantee that anyone comes back and we put them straight in the team.
“He is not being treated any different to any other players.”
Etebo is yet to score a goal for the Potters in 14 games, 11 of them in the Championship.
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