The FA have rejected Middlesbrough’s appeal against Adama Traore’s red card at Villa Park on Tuesday.
An FA statement said: “Adama Traore’s three-match suspension for serious foul play remains in place after his wrongful dismissal and excessive punishment claims were dismissed following an Independent Regulatory Commission. The Middlesbrough FC player was sent off during the game against Aston Villa on Tuesday 12 September.”
Traore will now be suspended for the matches against QPR, Aston Villa and Fulham.
Bafflingly, the FA have accepted Villa’s appeal against Henri Lansbury’s sending off in the same game, following a cynical challenge on Marvin Johnson after 64 minutes. His red card has been overturned and he will face no suspension.
Rudy Gestede has been sidelined since August 26 by a dead leg which ultimately required surgery. Garry Monk told the club’s official website: “He’s needed a couple of small operations to relieve bleeding on that leg.
“It has been a quite rare one. Dead-legs happen a lot in football, but this one re-bled a couple of times which was quite unusual. It can happen, but that leads to swelling and a minor op to relieve the pressure.
“He’s had that and is now out of hospital. From here it’s all about recovery.”
Meanwhile, fellow forward Martin Braithwaite is back in training after finally recovering from a hamstring problem which has kept him out since the opening day of the Sky Bet Championship campaign.