Stoke's Nzonzi to face City after red card appeal

Stoke midfielder Steven Nzonzi is available to face Premier League champions Manchester City on Tuesday after appealing against his sending-off against Southampton.

Former France Under-21 international Nzonzi was shown the red card for a stamp on Southampton's Jack Cork during a 3-3 draw at the Britannia Stadium on Saturday.

As there are not two working days before Stoke's trip to face the champions, Nzonzi will be able to play in his side's next match.

If the appeal against referee Mark Clattenburg's decision is rejected, Nzonzi will face a three-match suspension.

Stoke manager Tony Pulis argued Nzonzi did not make contact with Cork and claimed the Southampton player had over-reacted.

"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," Pulis said.

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

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