How do you solve a problem like Sam?
Just when Sam Bangoura was about to be rehabilitated into the Stoke City first team squad and you thought that the worst was over - he does it all over again.
The Potters' striker who has already turned up five weeks late for pre-season training and has struggled to regain his creditability and fitness was due to be included in Tony Pulis' first team squad to face Barnsley on Saturday but went missing, again, on Friday and has only surfaced this morning.
Pulis told the Sentinel: 'He's really kicked us where it hurts. I've never known anyone show such disrespect for a football club, and particularly their colleagues.
He has a God-given talent, but chooses not to use it. He wants to go to the Donna Louise Trust [a local children's hospice] to see how lucky he is.'
It's not clear yet where that leaves both club and player - except even further apart....
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