Steven Nzonzi available for Stoke after appealing against red card

The midfielder appeared to stamp on Southampton's
Jack Cork

Stoke midfielder Steven Nzonzi will be free to face Manchester City on New Year's Day after appealing against his sending-off on Saturday.

Nzonzi was shown the red card for an alleged stamp on Southampton's Jack Cork during a thrilling 3-3 Barclays Premier League draw at the Britannia Stadium.

Potters manager Tony Pulis was angered by the decision, arguing Nzonzi did not make contact with Cork, and the Football Association have confirmed an appeal has now been lodged.

As there are not two working days before Stoke's trip to the Etihad Stadium, the 24-year-old will be able to play in his side's next match.

Stoke will have until 1pm on Wednesday, after which a hearing will be held, to submit evidence.

If the appeal against referee Mark Clattenburg's decision is rejected, Nzonzi will face a ban of at least three matches.

Pulis, who felt Cork overreacted, said of the incident: "Whether the reaction of Cork, who is a good player and a good lad, has influenced Mark, I'm not sure, but Steven certainly doesn't stamp on the player.

"There was no intent. He's actually planted his leg between his legs, which was quite clever."

PA

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