Stoke insist they will hand out a harsh punishment to stayaway striker Sambegou Bangoura when he returns to the club.
Bangoura returned late from African Cup of Nations duty in February
The Guinea forward failed to return to pre-season training two weeks ago and he is yet to meet new boss Tony Pulis.
Chief executive Tony Scholes told the club website: "To say the club is livid with him is an understatement.
"We have not been able to contact him and his complete absense from pre-season training means we will deal with him in the harshest possible way."