Liverpool striker Luis Suarez will be suspended for ten matches from immediate effect after the club decided against appealing the decision.
The ban was handed to the Uruguayan after he bit Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic in the 2-2 draw at Anfield on Sunday.
Few games in the Premier League are more mouth-watering than Sunday’s clash between Liverpool and Chelsea at Anfield.
The game marks Rafa Benitez’s return to the club where he spent six seasons, winning the European Cup in 2005, at the same time Brendon Rodgers was head youth coach at Stamford Bridge.
Liverpool will be without Raheem Sterling for tomorrow’s trip to Reading, as the club continue to manage the teenager’s thigh injury.
The Reds only other absentees are Martin Kelly, Fabio Borini and Joe Allen, who are all out for the season.
Liverpool go in to Sunday afternoons game with West Ham United with no fresh injury concerns, with Joe Allen, Martin Kelly and Fabio Borini all long-term absentees.
The Reds can keep up the feint hopes of qualifying for next seasons Champions League with victory over the Hammers, who will be without Andy Carroll, who is ineligible for the match.
Martin Skrtel looks set to miss tonight’s crucial Europa League Round of 32 second leg tie with Zenit St. Petersburg.
The defender missed training with a knee injury, while Fabio Borini is out for the rest of the season following a clash with defender Kyle Bartley in Liverpool’s 5-0 win over Swansea City on Sunday.
Liverpool bounced back from back to back defeats by thumping Swansea City at Anfield on Sunday afternoon.
Steven Gerrard made a mends for his miss from twelve yards last Monday by burying a 34th minute penalty following Kemy Agustien’s foul on Luis Suarez.