PREMIER LEAGUE sides have been informed players coming back from loans will not be permitted to play should they return before games restart later in June.
The decision means clubs like Manchester United, who currently have Alexis Sanchez and Chris Smalling out on loan, would not be able to call on them to aid the club’s top-four bid.
This current scenario regarding loan players is under review according to reports.
The Daily Mail claims footballers currently on loan would only be able to play for the parent clubs in event of severe selection problems caused by injuries.
And a source was quoted in the paper as saying, it would “take a situation where the goalkeeper has to play centre-forward or the centre-forward has to go in goal” for loanees to be allowed to feature for their parent clubs.
Chelsea are among the teams who could have potentially reaped the rewards of selecting players returning from loans.
Frank Lampard’s fourth-placed side had 27 players out on loan spells when the season was suspended.
The South Londoners have been highlighted as an example of why the Premier League has chosen not to allow clubs to include returning loanees in their revised squads.
The Blues’ top-four rivals United have Sanchez and Smalling on loan at Serie A giants Roma and Inter Milan.
The Old Trafford club hopes to sell the pair in a bid to finance their move for Bundesliga hotshot Jadon Sancho.
SunSport reckons the Borussia Dortmund star could cost the club around £105million.
Former England star Smalling is reported to have wowed club officials with his appearances for the Rome-based side.
And the club is believed to have entered talks with the Red Devils over a permanent move for the 30-year-old defender.
Meanwhile, Inter Milan hope to arrange a short-term extension to their loan deal for Smalling’s teammate Sanchez.
Chelsea winger Victor Moses is also on loan at the club where former Blues boss Antonio Conte is in charge.