Potters boss Paul Lambert is accepting no ill-discipline in his relegation-threatened squad, starting with these two stars.
Stoke pair Saido Berahino and Jese Rodriguez are both likely to be excluded from the squad for their crucial six-pointer at fellow relegation-threatened club West Ham on Monday night, as reported by Football London.
With the Potters second bottom of the Premier League, four points from safety having lost their last four matches, manager Lambert has cracked down on two of his more lackadaisical squad members – pictured above in happier times.
The Scot is famously hot on discipline, and has run out of patience with striker Berahino, who incredibly has not scored a goal for Stoke since joining from West Brom last year.
Having turned up to training late twice in three days, the 24-year-old has now been ordered to train with the Stoke U23s by Lambert.
And Berahino is not the only one. Spanish star Jese, signed on-loan from PSG last summer, was granted compassionate leave to care for his sick infant son back in Spain.
Jese impressively netted on his debut against Arsenal in August but has not appeared for Stoke since the 2-1 home defeat to Everton in March – only an 11-minute substitute appearance in itself.
And with Monday’s game so important for the club in it’s battle to stay in the top flight for a 10th season, Lambert has got rid of any bad influences – and the duo will surely be out the door in the summer for good.
Another Potters player, Dutch international Ibrahim Afellay, has been banished from the bet365 stadium, while full-back Erik Pieters was recently fined £70,000 for breaking a curfew the night before a game, going out partying in Cheshire with his wife.
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