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  • Updated: October 27, 2023

Newcastle's Tonali Still Available For Selection Despite 10-Month Ban

Newcastle's Tonali Still Available For Selection Despite 10-

Newcastle midfielder Sandro Tonali is still available for match selection despite a 10-month ban, manager Eddie Howe confirmed.

Tonali yesterday was banned from football by the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) for breaching betting rules.

The 23-year-old admitted to placing bets on matches in which he played in a hearing with the FIGC in Turin.

However, at Friday's press conference, Howe revealed that Tonali is set to travel with the squad for Saturday's Premier League game against Wolves.

"We've not had official confirmation as a football club," said Howe. 

"We've not had anything from the Italian authorities so we are waiting for that official confirmation to come through.

"There's a high chance he could be available for us. A few things need to happen before the ban is imposed so let's see."

Tonali has also been mandated to attend treatment sessions for gambling addiction and make at least 16 public appearances at centres for young soccer players and associations for recovering addicts over a further eight-month period as part of the deal with FIGC.

"You saw from the Dortmund game he did very well," Howe added.

"He's been bright and he's trained. The only way I can judge him is on that. He's been good around the group and the training ground. 

"From how I can see, he's handling himself in the right way. I think I said in the press conference the other day, I can't work with hindsight. 

"We didn't know this was even a possibility. There's a frustration that we won't have him now as I liked him as a footballer."

Once the ban is ratified, the £55m summer signing from AC Milan will not be eligible to play competitive football until August and will be unavailable to feature at Euro 2024 next summer should Italy qualify, albeit he will be free to train with Newcastle and play in friendlies.

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