Youssouf Mulumbu will be one disappointed figure when West Bromwich Albion take on Newcastle this Sunday.
Disappointed because he should, in truth, be stepping out at The Hawthorns aiming to continue his good form.
Mulumbu’s sending-off against Everton last weekend was perhaps the biggest blight of what was an overwise deserved and lauded 4-1 win at Goodison Park.
The DR Congo international was sent-off after taking two yellow cards in the space of a minute or so.
He picked up his first caution for over-celebrating, before taking a second for a bad challenge on Everton’s hapless striker Jermaine Beckford, who had a game to forget after missing two excellent chances.
Mulumbu’s two-game ban is a result of it being his second sending-off this season.
He missed Wednesday's Carling Cup game with Ipswich and will also sit out the visit of Chris Hughton’s men.
Chris Brunt has been pleased with the midfielder’s progress this season.
Brunt, who along with Mulumbu, has been arguably the club’s stand-out performer this season, said: “Youssouf’s been playing really well for us this season and he’s added a couple of goals to his game.
“The sky’s the limit for Youssouf – he’s been fantastic for us. It was a daft booking for Youssouf going into the crowd to celebrate and it’s a shame for us and for him that it happened.
“We’ve seen it before with other players.
“It was also a soft second yellow card – but the referee saw it that way and that’s football.
“He’ll be a miss for us in the next two games, especially in the league game against Newcastle.
“As soon as he did it we said to him ‘what are you doing?’ and he knows himself now.
“I guess you learn the hard way.
“But, apart from that, he has impressed us all this season.”