Newcastle United striker Aleksandar Mitrovic has spoken about being left out of the Toon match day squad against Liverpool on the weekend as he looks to put the disappointment behind him before Bosnia’s World Cup qualifiers, according to a report on the Chronicle Live.

The forward has accepted the decision of manager Rafa Benitez and is keen to move on from it.

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Mitrovic has served a three match suspension after being charged by the FA for violent conduct after catching West Ham United’s Manuel Lanzini with his elbow, but was available for selection against Liverpool, but Benitez decided it was better not to select the striker.

“I was punished for three games and the team did not play badly during this time so I stayed on the bench – which was the coaches decision. I am ready physically and mentally and I can’t wait for the match in Vienna,” said Mitrovic.

Serbia only need one win from their final two qualifying games to secure a place at the world cup in Russia in the summer. They head to Vienna on Friday to play Austria before a home game against Georgia on Monday and Mitrovic is fully focused on his national team.