Etebo set for Stoke City return against Middlesbrough after missing three games

Etebo set for Stoke City return against Middlesbrough after missing three games

Stoke City boss Gary Rowett, has revealed that Super Eagles midfielder, Oghenekaro Etebo is working his way back to full fitness and will available for selection in Saturday’s game with Middlesbrough.

Etebo sustained the injury while on international duty with the Super Eagles in the 2019 AFCON qualifier clash with the Mediterranean Knights of Libya last month and has not played for the Potters since then.


While speaking to the press on Thursday ahead of the match, Rowett said the former Warri Wolves midfielder is almost ready for action again.


“We had a couple of knocks and niggles this week, but I will be keeping my cards close to my chest until kick-off,” Rowett told reporters on Thursday.


“There are some who are close like Sam Clucas and Peter Etebo, but what we have to do is make sure we don’t bring them back too early and put them at any risk.


“There are decisions I am going to make and there are situations that I will have to monitor over the next 24, 48 hours,” disclosed Stoke manager Gary Rowett.


Etebo has made 11 appearances for Stoke City since joining from La Liga side Las Palmas this season and has missed the last three games due to the injury.


The news is a big relieve for Super Eagles gaffer Gernot Rohr, who cannot afford to see the enigmatic midfielder sit out of Nigeria’s decisive 2019 AFCON qualifier clash against South Africa at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg.


Rohr will miss the services of Wilfred Ndidi and Captain John Obi is in the midfield.

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