Everton midfielder Andre Gomes has been found guilty of violent conduct by the FA and will serve a three-match ban, as reported by The Liverpool Echo.
The Toffees ace, on a season-long loan from Barcelona, made a challenge on Aleksandar Mitrovic and appeared to stamp on Serbia international’s ankle.
The incident was missed by referee Lee Probert, allowing the FA to open a case against the Portuguese playmaker.
He will now miss the upcoming games against Manchester United, Crystal Palace and Burnley.
Gomes has been in brilliant form for Everton in 2018/19 and his absence is sure to impact the team negatively as Marco Silva attempts to inspire a late surge to finish seventh.
One man who may be hoping to take advantage of Gomes’ ban though, is Morgan Schneiderlin.
Schneiderlin will hope to get the nod from Silva to replace Gomes, as he is arguably the man with the most defensive discipline after Idrissa Gueye.
The Frenchman has struggled for minutes this term, making only 12 appearances in all competitions.
Schneiderlin, who cost £24 million from Manchester United (The Daily Mail), has struggled to win over Silva and the fans this term, but Gomes’ ban could be his window of opportunity.
Should he get the nod and fare well for the next few weeks, it might just be enough to save him from the chop this summer, as so far, he is surely at risk of that happening.