The Hull City midfielder has been suspended by the Football Association and his club for testing positive for cocaine, according to BBC Sport.
However, Newcastle reportedly want the FA to dock the Tigers points. Sunderland are also claimed to be considering legal action over the same issue.
According to The Sun, an FA spokesman has said that both Newcastle and Sunderland are mistaken as the drug was not performance enhancing.
Newcastle, Sunderland and Hull are all in danger of suffering relegation from the Premier League.
The Tigers are currently third from bottom in the league table with 34 points from 37 matches. John Carver’s side are just two points ahead of them in 17th, while the Black Cats are three clear of the bottom three.
John Carver’s plea
Meanwhile, Newcastle boss Carver has urged the fans to give the team their full support next weekend.
The Magpies went down 2-1 to Queens Park Rangers away from home at Loftus Road in London on Saturday.
Newcastle’s final game of the season is against West Ham United at St. James’ Park next Sunday, and Carver wants the fans to be behind the players.
“We shot ourselves in the foot here, but this is now the biggest game this football club has had for a long, long time,” The Guardian quotes the Englishman as saying. “One of the biggest in the club’s history.
“I want the same atmosphere as against West Bromwich Albion a fortnight ago because it could be the fans who get us across the line and keep us in the Premier League. They were in full voice against West Brom and it made a difference.”