Newcastle United midfielder Nicky Butt picked up his 10th booking of the season last night at Stoke and will now be banned for two games.
Nicky Butt – will miss Stoke replay and Bolton home game with suspension
However, because Newcastleâ€™s next game is at Manchester United is just 6 days after his booking, Nicky will be available for that game and will most probably miss the two games after that. The rule says a player can play a game up to 7 days after the booking that causes him to be suspended.
Those will likely be the 3rd round replay against Stoke on Wednesday, January 16th and the home game at Bolton the following Saturday.
Sam Allardyce admitted last night that this is a “massive blow” to the club. Sam told Newcastle World TV this morning:
“We’ve got a couple of injuries at the moment and we’ve got the four lads going away to the African Cup of Nations, so to lose Nicky for two games is a massive blow.”
“I thought the tackle he was booked for was rather harsh but we have to get on with it.” “Nicky has been tremendous this season and he’ll be a miss but we’ll have to cope as best we can.”
We’re not sure it’s the massive blow Sam says it is and we have players who can play defensive midfield in Nickyâ€™s absence. Although Geremi and Faye will not be available because of their participation in the African Cup of Nations. We think Alan Smith will probably deputize for Nicky.
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