Newcastle: Tonali could play against Wolves despite 10-month ban

Newcastle midfielder Sandro Tonali could still feature against Wolves on Saturday despite being handed a 10-month ban by the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) on Thursday.

The FIGC has yet to ratify the ban, which means it is not yet official. The process of extending it to the Premier League and UEFA could take days or weeks, and as of 10am on Friday morning, Newcastle had not been handed the judgement.

This means that Tonali is still free to play for Newcastle, and manager Eddie Howe has said that there is a "high chance" that he will be available for selection against Wolves.

Howe said: "Yes there is a high chance he could be available. There are a few things that have to happen before the ban is imposed."

Newcastle: Tonali could play against Wolves despite 10-month ban

Newcastle could certainly do with Tonali being available, as they are currently struggling with injuries. Elliott Anderson is out for eight weeks with a back injury, Jacob Murphy is seeing a specialist today to see if he needs an operation on his dislocated shoulder, and Alex Isak is out for the next five games with a groin problem.

Howe added: "We need a squad robust enough to deal with these things. It is part of football that you never know what football will bring."

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