Shakhtar Donetsk striker Olanrewaju Kayode hit with three-game ban, to return vs. Man City

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The Nigeria international stamped a Desna defender and was showed a straight red card which will see him miss their derby against Dynamo Kyiv

Shakhtar Donetsk striker Olanrewaju Kayode has been suspended for three games following his expulsion from Friday’s Ukrainian Premier League encounter against Desna.

The 25-year-old was only making his first start of the season after recovering from the injury that kept him away from the opening stages of the 2018-19 campaign.

In the 64th minute, and with the scores goalless, the former Girona attacker was ball-chasing with Desna’s Maxym Imerekov on the left wing, unbalanced the defender before stamping his thigh, and was subsequently shown a straight red.

The Ukrainian champions, however, went ahead to win the courtesy of a late goal from Maycon to help them maintain their lead at the summit of the league table.

Meanwhile, the Control and Disciplinary Committee of the Football Federation of Ukraine issued a decision on disqualifications for players who have been guilty in the 12th round of the Premier League, and the Nigeria international has been hit with a three-game ban.

This will see Kayode miss his side’s games against Arsenal Kyiv, Olimpik Donetsk [Ukrainian Cup] and the derby against Dynamo Kyiv.

This comes as a huge setback for the striker who has only become a backup to  Junior Moraes after injury halted his progress in Ukraine.

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He has played five times across all competitions, including as a substitute in their Uefa Champions League clash against Hoffenheim.

Incidentally, he is set to return ahead of his side’s Champions League second-leg outing against his former employers, Manchester City on November 7.

 

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