Stoke - Stoke
City's new signing Saido Berahino served an eight-week suspension prior
to joining the club from West Bromwich Albion, manager Mark Hughes
confirmed on Friday.
The Daily Mail has reported Berahino was banned after testing
positive for a recreational drug following an out-of-competition test in
Hughes would not confirm why Berahino was suspended, but said Stoke
had been aware of the matter prior to completing their £12 million move for the striker.
"We are aware of it, clearly," Hughes told his weekly press
"There was an FA disciplinary matter and Saido had an
eight-week suspension, I believe. We were aware of that before we signed
"In terms of more detail, you would probably need to refer back to
his former club. We aren't in a position to give any more details as we
don't have them.
"He had issues at his previous club for 18 months, which this is
obviously a part of. As with all players, we did our research on him
before we signed him, but that didn't change our thinking at all.
"We are pleased with what he is producing and he is looking forward to the game tomorrow."
The Football Association has declined to comment on the matter.
Stoke visit Berahino's former club West Brom on Saturday and Hughes said he had no qualms about playing him.
"Why wouldn't I play him?" the Welshman said. "He is in line to be
involved. He came on to good effect on Wednesday and there is no reason
why he shouldn't be involved tomorrow."
Berahino, 23, made his Stoke debut as a substitute in Wednesday's 1-1 draw with Everton.
It was his first competitive appearance since West Brom's 1-0 loss at Bournemouth on September 10.
The former England Under-21 international burst onto the scene in the
2014-15 season, when he finished as West Brom's top scorer with 20
goals in all competitions.
But he fell out with West Brom manager Tony Pulis and chairperson Jeremy
Peace after being denied a move to Tottenham Hotspur in August 2015,
resulting in a long-running contract dispute.