Bolton Hit With Registration Embargo

  • January 03, 2019 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton could be without the services of three first-team players for an indefinite period of time, after the club was hit with a registration embargo by the EFL.

Wanderers host Walsall in the third round of the FA Cup on Saturday, a tie in which they may have to do without Christian Doidge, Remi Matthews and Gary O'Neil.

Doidge and Matthews moved to the University of Bolton Stadium on loan deals from Forest Green Rovers and Norwich City, respectively, last summer, with terms agreed to see the arrangements for both turned into permanent transfers upon the opening of the January transfer window.

O'Neil, meanwhile, is out-of-contract after his short-term stay came to an end but is understood to have agreed an extension that would run through until the end of the current campaign.

Reports on Thursday evening suggest the trio could now be left in limbo, however, after Trotters chiefs were informed they would be banned from registering players until an outstanding debt, believed to be owed to The Professional Footballers' Association, has been paid in full.

For Doidge, Matthews and O'Neil to be involved, Wanderers would require special dispensation from the EFL and The Football Association, with talks due to be held on Friday morning.

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