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Tottenham boosted as Burnley defender suspended three matches

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James Tarkowski will miss the Spurs match after being suspended for violent conduct by the FA.

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Tottenham Hotspur have a big match coming up at Turf Moor this weekend vs. Burnley, but they were handed a boost today as one of the Clarets’ main defenders was ruled out for the next three matches.

James Tarkowski was retroactively suspended for three matches for violent conduct after elbowing Brighton striker Glenn Murray in the midsection in an off-the-ball incident. The play was not called by the official, but the FA’s Independent Regulatory Commission intervened. Tarkowski had admitted to the charge but according to the Lancashire Telegraph, claimed that the three match ban was excessive. The FA disagreed.

Tarkowski has stepped up in a big way in Burnley’s defense this season, taking the place of Michael Keane, who moved to Everton this summer. He’s been a rock in Sean Dyche’s back line, and he’s already been linked with the likes of Arsenal and Manchester City. He’s been a big reason why Burnley’s defense hasn’t taken a step back this season and his absence will hopefully be felt by Burnley when they host Spurs on Saturday.

Spurs are set to welcome back a defender of their own. Davinson Sanchez will be available for selection after he completed his own three match ban.