Eddie Howe explains why he ‘felt sorry’ for Ciaran Clark after Newcastle United’s draw with Norwich City

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Ciaran Clark’s red card against Norwich City forced his Newcastle United teammates to play 81 minutes with 10 men.

Eddie Howe has no ill-feeling towards Ciaran Clark, despite his early red card in Newcastle United’s 1-1 draw with Norwich City.

The central defender was sent off just nine minutes into the Magpies’ crunch relegation clash with the Canaries of St James’ Park on Tuesday evening.

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Clark’s teammates took the lead with 10-men through Callum Wilson’s penalty before Teemu Pukki equalised for the visitors late on.

What Eddie Howe did say about Ciaran Clark’s red card?

Speaking at this morning’s press conference ahead of the Burnley fixture, Howe said: “Ciaran is a top, top professional. An outstanding person, very honest and reliable character. He was devastated for the team, the club, for everybody.

“There was no blame on our side towards him. It was one of those moments that happens in a game and he just acted on pure instinct for a split second. Once it’s done, you can’t take it back.

“I think he would have been delighted to see the team fight in his absence and gave what they gave to the game despite the fact he wasn’t on the pitch.

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“We move on with him. I felt sorry for him afterwards because of the type of character he is - he’s such an honest guy.”

Who could replace Ciaran Clark against Burnley?

Club captain Jamaal Lascelles is back in contention after missing the game with Norwich through suspension.

There will be calls for Federico Fernandez to retain his place. The Argentine was introduced from the bench on Tuesday - his first appearance in five matches - and impressed.

Meanwhile, Emil Krafth is also an option, although he is viewed as a right-back or right-sided defender in a back three rather than an out-and-out centre-half.

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