Sandro Tonali Available For Crystal Palace Clash Despite Betting Scandal

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    Newcastle midfielder Sandro Tonali has endured a “difficult couple of weeks” but could play against Crystal Palace on Saturday, says manager Eddie Howe.

    Sandro Tonali

    Tonali is being investigated by the Italian Prosecutor’s Office and the Italian football federation in relation to alleged illegal betting activity.

    While Aston Villa say Nicolo Zaniolo – also involved in the investigation – is available to face West Ham on Sunday.

    “[Tonali] is very much available for selection,” Howe said.

    “He’s had a very, very difficult couple of weeks, he’s been dealing with a lot and, from what I can see, from a few hours a day, he’s handling himself really well and is dealing with emotions incredibly strongly.”

    Tonali and Zaniolo left Italy’s training camp for Euro 2024 qualifiers against Malta and England after being told they were involved in an investigation.

    Capped 15 times by Italy, Tonali joined Newcastle from AC Milan in July for £55m and has scored one goal in seven appearances in the Premier League.

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