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The former Super Eagles captain was not in the Potters squad that put up a good performance despite a 3-1 loss to Tottenham Hotspur in the quarterfinal of the Carabao Cup on Wednesday evening, a game he badly wanted to be involved in given his Chelsea past and relationship with Jose Mourinho.

Two first half goals were enough for Stoke City to seal victory – capitalising on two chances and frustrating the Royals’ attempts to get back into the game

Mikel alongside Tom Smith, Tom Barkhuizen, Scott Sinclair and Sam Clucas were the mainstay in the midfield of the Potters.

Jones admitted he was resigned to losing his job in October, but back-to-back wins over Swansea and Fulham kept him in the role for the rest of the month.

Brendan Rodgers took his strongest XI to the Bet365 Stadium to take on Stoke City, while assistant Chris Davies lead a weakened-yet-still strong line-up for a clash with the League One Millers.