Newcastle boss Howe hopeful of Tonali involvement despite 10-month ban
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Newcastle boss Howe hopeful of Tonali involvement despite 10-month ban

Newcastle United manager Eddie Howe has said there is a “high chance” that Sandro Tonali could be involved in Saturday’s Premier League fixture at Wolverhampton Wanderers despite being handed a 10-month ban by Italian authorities for breaching betting rules.

The ban has yet to be ratified by governing bodies UEFA and FIFA, meaning Tonali is eligible to play for Newcastle until further notice.

Howe said the club had not yet received official confirmation of the ban, but that he was hopeful Tonali would be available for selection at Molineux.

Newcastle boss Howe hopeful of Tonali involvement despite 10-month ban

“There’s a high chance again he could be available for us,” he said. “I think there’s a few things that have to happen before the ban is imposed, so we’ll see.”

Howe also said that Tonali had continued to train well since the news of the ban broke.

“He was bright when he came on against Dortmund,” he said. “From the moment this happened, his training performances have been very good. His mood is the same — it is there in the background.”

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