Millwall’s Ryan Leonard could face parent club Sheffield United this weekend after a clause in the transfer allows him to play.
The midfielder completed his move to the Londoners from the Blades towards the end of the summer transfer window, on a loan-to-buy deal.
Under EFL regulations players aren’t allowed to play against their parent clubs, which should mean that the 26-year-old couldn’t feature when the two sides meet at The Den on Saturday.
However, the Sheffield Star report that the Lions insisted there was a clause in the deal that allowed Leonard to play, as the obligation to buy ensures this isn’t a standard loan deal.
The former Southend man will end up costing Millwall around £1.4m, making him the Lions club-record capture when the deal is complete.
It’s been a tough start for Leonard at his new club, with Neil Harris’ men yet to win in the three games the midfielder has played in.
That has left them in the bottom three ahead of the visit of the Blades, who are currently fourth in the table.
You can understand why players aren’t allowed to play against their parent clubs in normal loan deals but with Millwall having already agreed to buy Leonard outright it’s only right he can feature.
It will be a chance for the midfielder to prove a point against his former club who clearly didn’t think he was up to it.
However, his primary focus will be getting a win in what is a massive game for both sides for very different reasons.
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