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Newcastle given outcome of midfielder bid

By Dominic Toner

Vurnon Anita will miss three games through suspension after an appeal by Newcastle was rejected following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing.

The 27-year-old midfielder was dismissed three minutes from time for a challenge on Ivan Cavalerio in the 2-0 defeat to Wolves on Saturday.

Newcastle appealed the decision of the red card but the bid has been unsuccessful and Anita will now miss three matches, as confirmed by the club’s website.

The Magpies host Wolves on Tuesday night for the second meeting in four days in the EFL Cup third-round clash.

Anita was handed some good news on Tuesday as Dutch newspaper de Telegraaf report that he will be recalled to the Holland national team for the first team since his last cap in 2010.

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The player has been impressive form at the start of the season and has filled in as an emergency right-back at St James’ Park.

For the most of his career he has operated in a central-midfield position but has looked a new player in the full-back position.

Anita moved to Newcastle in 2012 and has made 133 appearances for them, scoring three goals and supplying five assists.

Rafa Benitez made drastic changes to the squad following the club’s relegation from the Premier League but Anita continues to be an ever-present at the club.

In other Newcastle team news, Benitez is expected to make eight changes for the cup tie against Wolves.