Peter Etebo upset not to be able to play tonight against his national team-mate Semi Ajayi.
In an interview with Nigerian press and explained.
“I would have loved to play against him this week. We played against each other twice when he was at Rotherham and it was a draw.
“I am disappointed not to be able to face him at his new club. This time, I will be there as a fan supporting my team.”
“I wish him well and hope he has a good game (against Stoke), but I am sure my team will win, so he will go home disappointed with the result.
“The few times that we play against each other, we win almost the same number of interceptions and tackles, so I would say that there is not much difference between us.”
Reports coming out of Nigeria are saying Etebo will miss the next two games through injury
This is not the news we’d hoped for but it could of been worse.
Etebo should be back in contention for a start v Barnsley.
Liam Lawrence has been quoted in the Sentinel.
“I wish I’d played with those two because they give players around them an extra five per cent. The way they sprint back and break up play, break lines and get forward quickly, they’re quick on the ball and force teams onto the back foot.
“If you look at what the better players are going for in the Championship over the last few years – £10m or £20m – then you get an idea of their value. From what I’ve seen in this division they’re pretty much complete in terms of what they bring and they complement each other really well. I think they’re awesome.
“If you can carry on getting the best out of them then Stoke might have a job keeping hold of them but that’s a nice problem to have.
Has Etebo withdrew from Nigeria national side due to an injury
Stoke City fans will be worried over reports emanating from a section of the Nigerian press suggesting that Oghenekaro Etebo withdrew from the Super Eagles squad to face Brazil on account of injury.
All Nigeria soccer exclusively reported that the former Warri Wolves star pulled out of the squad due to personal reasons.
He flew into Lagos on Monday hoping to round off the activities that brought him to Nigeria latest Wednesday before joining up with his international teammates, but that wasn’t the case and he had no choice than to withdraw from the squad after consultations with the Super Eagles technical crew.
After game after game of Nathan Jones swapping and changing upto 6 players a game today we have just the one.
The one change is an enforced one due to Joe Allen’s suspension following his red card v Bristol City.
Today for the first time Nathan Jones can pick and start probably two of the best midfielders in the Championship in Peter Etebo and Badou Ndiaye.
Will this be the difference that Jones has been looking for, could we finally see a Stoke City FC win, could our Saturday be finally a happy one again.