Adam Lallana is facing a minimum three-match ban after aggressively grabbing an opponent round the neck in Liverpool U23’s game against Tottenham U23s on Monday night.
The midfielder was sent off in the 63rd minute with Spurs leading 1-0, after reacting angrily to a challenge from Tottenham’s U23s captain George Marsh.
According to the Liverpool Echo’s Andy Kelly, suspensions from Premier League 2 come into effect on the 14th day after the sending off, so Lallana will be suspended for three games from February 19 onwards.
It is expected that the ban will also apply for the Premier League and some reports have suggested the player could be hit with a longer suspension due to its aggressive nature.
The games the player is likely to miss are West Ham at Anfield (Feb 24), Newcastle at Anfield (March 3) and the trip to face Manchester United (March 10).
Watch the incident for yourself, below.
Oh dear 🙈 Adam Lallana has proper lost his head tonight in the Liverpool U23s game… pic.twitter.com/2TLBZ611gq
— TEAMtalk (@TEAMtalk) February 5, 2018
It’s been a frustrating season so far for the former Southampton man, who has battled back from a long-term injury, but remains unable to force his way into Jurgen Klopp’s first-team plans on a regular basis.
With the World Cup in Russia just a few months away, Lallana can ill afford another extended break if he is to secure his place in Gareth Southgate’s plans.
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