Newcastle United star facing imminent suspension after West Ham United incident

Another Newcastle United player is close to reaching five yellow cards in the Premier League this season.

Bruno Guimaraes is the latest Newcastle United player to be walking a disciplinary tightrope.

During the Magpies’ 2-2 draw at West Ham United on Sunday afternoon, the Brazilian picked up his fourth yellow card of the campaign for a foul on Emerson Palmieri in the 17th minute.

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Prior to the game, Guimaraes had picked up cautions against Aston Villa, Manchester City and Brentford. As per Premier League rules, five bookings before matchday 20 results in an automatic one-match ban.

The Magpies host Crystal Palace at St James’ Park with the 25-year-old running the risk of missing the next game at Wolverhampton Wanderers or matches beyond that against Arsenal, Bournemouth and Chelsea.

In better news for United though, a possible suspension doesn’t carry over into the Champions League or Carabao Cup, making him free to feature against Borussia Dortmund and Manchester United regardless.

United have been dealt a suspension blow already this season with Anthony Gordon forced to sit out of the West Ham match. The £45million summer signing picked up five cautions in his opening seven games.

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Asked about Gordon’s disciplinary record on Friday, Howe suggested a change in Premier League rules is resulting in an increased amount of cautions this season.

He said: “[Gordon] will 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 [against Paris Saint-Germain].

“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.

“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.”

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