News Live Scores
Premier League

Berahino still not ready to start for Stoke, says Hughes

7:49 PM MYT 10/02/2017
saidoberahino - cropped
The former West Brom striker still has work to do before he is fit to start for the Potters, according to his new boss

Mark Hughes says Saido Berahino is still not ready to play from the start as Stoke City prepare to face Crystal Palace on Saturday.

The striker joined from West Brom for £12 million in the January transfer window and has made two appearances for the Potters off the bench.

Only Ronaldo compares to incredible Ibrahimovic

Berahino arrived short of match fitness, having not featured for the Baggies since last September.

Last week, Hughes confirmed that Berahino had served an eight-week ban towards the end of his time at The Hawthorns after failing a drugs test for a recreational substance.

Though the Welshman concedes that the 23-year-old is not fit for a starting berth, he hopes he will be by the time they travel to Tottenham on February 26.

"He wasn't unfit, but not match fit. That's a longer process," said Hughes.

"We're probably not at the point where he's ready to start, but we've got a two-week break after this game and perhaps he's more likely to start at Spurs."

Hughes, who is likely to be without Xherdan Shaqiri (calf) and Glen Johnson (Achilles), also warned Stoke to be on their guard against a Palace side wounded by last week's 4-0 loss to relegation rivals Sunderland at the Bet365 Stadium.

Willian: Mourinho tried to take me to Man United

"Everyone assumes, and rightly so in my view, that if you are in a bit of trouble then [Palace manager] Sam [Allardyce] is your man to get you out," he added. 

"Everyone is willing to accept that and you sense there will be a reaction. Hopefully after we've played them."