Oghenekaro Etebo

By Obaloluwa Joshua, LAGOS

Stoke City manager, Michael O’Neil has revealed that Nigeria defender Oghenekaro Peter Etebo is seeking a move away from the club.

Etebo spent last season on loan at Watford but a long-term injury hinder his chances of a permanent contract.

The combative midfielder started the Hornets opening six games of the season.

The 25-year-old however ruptured his thigh muscle in a league match against Newcastle United in September, 2021.

Etebo underwent surgery few days later and also missed the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon as a result of the setback.

The player returned to action towards the end of last season and barely featured for the London club who were relegated from the Premier League.

Etebo has previously spent time on loan at Spanish club, Getafe and Turkish Super Lig outfit, Galatasaray.

“Peter’s been away from the club for two and a half years. In that period he’s been on three different loans.

He previously hasn’t returned in pre-season, this pre-season he has returned and he played some games for Nigeria at the end of last season,”O’Neil told a press conference.

“He had quite a bad injury last season with Watford so missed quite a portion of the season.

“He’s not fit enough to train with the squad yet and I think in his mind he’s still looking for a permanent exit from the club.

“It’s very difficult for us as a club to rewind two-and-a-half years but he’s still our player, he’s contracted to the club and we’re duty bound to look after him, which is what we’re doing.”