Sadio Berahino did serve an eight-week FA suspension while at West Brom, Stoke manager Mark Hughes has confirmed after the striker’s move to the club.
He was unable to give more details although we believe it was due to the use of a recreational drug, but it is no longer an issue, Hughes said, and he will be in the squad for a return to the Hawthorns this weekend.
“We are aware of it clearly – there was an FA disciplinary matter and Saido had an eight-week suspension, I believe,” Hughes said.
“We were aware of that before we signed him. 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.”
Hughes also confirmed Berahino is available for selection ahead of the trip to face his former club at The Hawthorns on Saturday.