Stoke manager Mark Hughes has confirmed in his press conference today that striker Kenwyne Jones was fined for refusing to play against Liverpool on Sunday.

The official story coming out of the media on Sunday was that the 29-year-old was "unwell" but it was reported on Monday that Jones had sent a text message to manager Hughes to tell him he was unavailable for selection.

Hughes told Sky Sports: "I was disappointed and Kenwyne has been fined because it is not something that should happen.

"We spoke on Monday just to get an understanding of why it happened, so we had that meeting. He has been in this week training and we get on with it."

Hughes also announced that the Trinidad and Tobago international will play no part in this weekend's trip to Crystal Palace while also confirmed that Everton have not made a bid for the player.

He said: "He won't be involved this weekend, that would be fair to say, because maybe the events of last weekend are still in his mind.

"We've had no contact from anybody in this window, so maybe the information isn't what it seems from the outside.

"But we'll have to wait and see. The transfer window is open and a lot of things happen in a window. We'll have to bide our time.

"But it is unfortunate - none of us saw it coming, so we are disappointed. Sometimes you make mistakes and on this occasion Kenwyne made a mistake.

"I accept that sometimes that can happen."

Mark Hughes also further reiterated his desire to keep the striker at Stoke as well as announcing that new signing John Guidetti comes straight into the Stoke side in place of Jones for this weekend's trip to Selhurst Park.

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