- Tonali set to be involved against Crystal Palace
- Howe offers support to midfielder as he returns to training
- Potential sanctions in Italy could extend to Premier League
Newcastle United midfielder, Sandro Tonali, is set to be in contention for this weekend’s match, as per a report by Chronicle Live. While the FA is aware of Tonali’s situation in Italy, they won’t impose any restrictions until more concrete information emerges from his home country.
Tonali’s case being monitored
Both the FA and Premier League officials are closely monitoring Tonali’s case, along with Nicolo Zaniolo of Aston Villa, following their alleged involvement in illegal betting activities. The Premier League will defer to the FA on whether any potential sanctions imposed in Italy will extend to the UK.
As reported by Chronicle Live, Tonali is expected to be available for the upcoming face-off against Crystal Palace. When approached for comment, Newcastle had no further updates on Tonali’s status, but it’s reassuring to know that Tonali has received support from the manager, Eddie Howe, and the rest of the backroom team.
Speaking on the matter, Italy’s head coach, Luciano Spalletti, expressed empathy for Tonali and Zaniolo, stating, “It was a difficult night, when you have to get results there is always anxiety, but this was a different night, with a lot of bitterness over what happened.
“The whole squad is close to Tonali and Zaniolo, we’re very sorry for them. We will continue to be close to them even afterwards. For now, they have the spotlight on them.”
While Tonali is anticipated to undergo proceedings with the authorities in Italy during the investigation, the FA is comfortable with his inclusion in first-team matches until all evidence is gathered and the full facts of the case are known. The situation remains subject to further updates.
Tonali was Newcastle’s highest profile signing of the summer. While he is yet to fully adjust to English football, there have been signs that he could prove to be a real asset. Newcastle are trying to increase their squad depth as they attempt to compete on four fronts this season, with the long-term aim of being regulars in European competition. Should Tonali be suspended for a lengthy period then it will obviously make things more difficult for the Magpies.
potential loss of Tonali will have on their chances.
As far as the Crystal Palace match at the weekend, Tonali’s potential involvement, along with the potential return from injury of Joelinton, Sven Botman and Callum Wilson will see United with virtually a full squad to choose from. Joe Willock, missing since the end of last season, is also close to a return.