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8th Mar, 2017 | 5:04pm

Blow as key defender ruled out of Liverpool clash against Bournemouth

By Harvey Byrne

Bournemouth defender Tyrone Mings will miss his side’s clash against Liverpool on 5 April after receiving a five-match suspension.

The 23-year-old defender was involved in an altercation with Zlatan Ibrahimovic during Saturday afternoon’s 1-1 draw at Old Trafford.

Both players received charges for separate incidents, but Mings denied both the charge and the claim.

However, the FA have now announced on Wednesday afternoon via their official Twitter account that the defender would  be handed a five-match ban, resulting in him missing the Liverpool match.

Mings will now miss fixtures against West Ham, Swansea, Southampton and Chelsea alongside the encounter against the Reds at Anfield.

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It is a big blow for the south coast side with the player starting six of Bournemouth’s last seven league matches.

He has also proven key to the team following Nathan Ake’s return to Chelsea in January and Liverpool may now be licking their lips at the prospect of facing a weakened back four.

The Reds have been in indifferent form as of late with with two victories and two losses coming in their last four league outings.

However, they still remain in fourth place in the Premier League table and any suspensions like this one could prove beneficial as the league nears it’s final stages.

In other Liverpool news, Neil Mellor has claimed this 20-year-old is standing out in the Under-23s.

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