STOKE boss Nathan Jones’ anger with Saido Berahino has gone up a notch over his arrest on suspicion for drink-driving, as the striker claimed he missed training due to illness, according to reports.
And the Daily Mail claim Berahino, who was an unused sub for last Wednesday’s draw at Wigan failed to show up for training the next morning, leaving it until later that afternoon to call in sick.
Jones left the striker out of Saturday’s draw at Ipswich only to find out his player was out in London early Sunday morning leading to his run-in with the cops.
Berahino was then set to feature for Stoke’s Under-23s against Manchester United on Monday night to keep up his fitness after his absence from training.
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However, Jones was left fuming and pulled him from the game after learning of the former West Brom forward’s arrest just hours earlier.
Berahino is set to be fined the maximum two weeks’ wages of around £80,000 and will be banished from the first-team to the Under-23s for the rest of the campaign.
The club will look to dump the striker in the summer who has failed to live up to expectations on and off the pitch.
The former England Under-21 forward moved to the Potteries from West Brom in 2017 for £12million.
Berahino has scored a paltry five goals in two years at the bet365 Stadium and was reprimanded by former boss Paul Lambert for persistently turning up late to work and his poor training.