‘Disappointed’ - Newcastle United £45m star ruled out versus West Ham United

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Eddie Howe will be forced into at least one change to his Newcastle United starting XI v West Ham.

Newcastle United will be without in-form winger Anthony Gordon as he serves a one-match suspension for Sunday’s visit to West Ham United.

The 22-year-old picked up his fifth yellow card of the season during the opening stages of last weekend’s 2-0 win against Burnley. As per Premier League rules, a player who picks up five cautions before matchday 20 must serve a one-match ban.

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With just seven league games played so far, Gordon was within the threshold after bookings against Aston Villa, Manchester City, Liverpool, Brighton & Hove Albion and the Clarets.

Newcastle United winger Anthony Gordon.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)Newcastle United winger Anthony Gordon.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
Newcastle United winger Anthony Gordon. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images) | Getty Images

Asked about Gordon’s disciplinary record, Howe said: “He’ll be disappointed because he doesn’t want to miss any games. Knowing Anthony, he’s very, very passionate and very keen to play and show his worth. I think he’s been outstanding at the start of this year and I thought he was outstanding again on Wednesday.

“I think the booking side of things has changed this year with the rules. There’s very little leeway on anything and there’s a yellow card out.

“Whether that’s a little pause in attack or whatever it is with the new regulations that have come in so I think suspension will then come to the fore more not just for Anthony and us but for other clubs as well.

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“It’s something that we will have to deal with but if we can, we’re going to try and minimise those as much as possible.”

With Harvey Barnes out until 2023 and Joelinton unlikely to feature, either Jacob Murphy or Elliot Anderson will come into the starting XI.

West Ham sit one position and one point above Newcastle in the Premier League table. Howe’s side head into the fixture full of confidence having beaten Paris Saint-Germain 4-1 in the Champions League on Wednesday.

The win extended United’s unbeaten run to six matches.

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