By Harry Sykes
Newcastle are set for a huge boost as the Football Association are set to overturn the red cards handed to Jonjo Shelvey and Paul Dummett last Friday, according to a reliable journalist.
Shelvey and Dummett were sent off in the first half of the Magpies’ 2-1 defeat against Nottingham Forest for what referee Stephen Martin deemed unacceptable tackles on Henri Lansbury.
The FA announced on Monday morning that Shelvey would serve a three-match suspension and that Dummett would be banned for one game.
But it has been widely reported that Newcastle would appeal against the dismissals in the hope that the key duo would be available for Saturday’s Championship clash against Birmingham.
Chronicle journalist Lee Ryder claimed on his personal Twitter account on Tuesday evening that the two red cards were “set to be overturned” by FA chiefs.
— Lee Ryder (@lee_ryder) December 6, 2016
That would mean Shelvey and Dummett are available to play at St James’ Park on Saturday, while the midfield kingpin will also be available for the subsequent league fixtures against Wigan and Burton.
Both players have been integral members of Rafael Benitez’s promotion-chasing side this season.
Shelvey has been widely hailed as the outstanding player in the division with a string of superb displays in central midfield, while Dummett has also been a regular in the left-back.
In other Newcastle news, the Magpies were the only transfer competition for a brilliant summer signing by Liverpool.