Diouf thankful for Stoke’s support
Stoke City striker Mame Biram Diouf has thanked Stoke City and the club’s fans for their support, following the tragic death of his mother.
Diouf’s mother, Gnilane, was one of the 700 killed in a stampede in Saudi Arabian city Mina, during the annual Hajj pilgrimage.
The Potters gave Diouf compassionate leave and has since returned to Stoke and feels he is now ready to help Stoke in some tough upcoming Christmas fixtures.
“All the team have been really supporting and helping me a lot, and the gaffer – everyone.” Diouf told the Stoke Sentinel.
“They were there when it was needed and I want to say thank you to all the fans too.
“They were long, long, long, long days, but now I am getting back and trying to stay together with the family.
“Now I am fully focused. It’s been a long time being away – not away physically, but away in the head – but now I am focused on football.”
Diouf had scored three goals in the league, prior to the incident, adding to the 13 he scored in his debut campaign for the club last season.