Newcastle allowed to add defender to Premier League squad

Newcastle have been told they will be allowed to add defender Kelland Watts to their Premier League squad when the season resumes.

Steve Bruce’s side will resume their Premier League campaign against Sheffield United on Sunday 21st June and, should he so wish, Bruce will be able to use Watts.

There had been some clamouring for Paul Dummett to be placed back into Newcastle’s 25 man squad but the Premier League decided not to allow member clubs to change their submitted squads.

Dummett had been taken out of the squad after suffering what, at the time, was a season-ending injury back in January. The delayed season however has meant he has regained fitness with nine games still left to play in the season – but he will not be available to Newcastle.

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Newcastle defender Kelland Watts has already played for Stevenage and Mansfield this season on loan

Kelland Watts though, will be allowed to play. As a 20-year-old, he does not count against the 25-man squad. The issue with Watts is that he had appeared for both Stevenage and Mansfield this season on loan and FIFA rules state no player can represent three clubs in one season.

However, FIFA have decided to relax those rules and thus Watts will be eligible to play. Hoorah.

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