Premier League rules set to stop Newcastle United star from playing against Arsenal & Burnley

Newcastle United fans have wondered if Elliot Anderson is able to feature in the club’s remaining two Premier League games after his loan spell at Bristol Rovers came to end.

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Elliot Anderson is NOT eligible to feature for Newcastle United in their remaining fixtures against Arsenal and Burnley.

The young attacking midfielder has returned to Tyneside following his League Two promotion heroics with Joey Barton’s Bristol Rovers.

The Gas were 12th when Anderson joined in January but they dramatically sealed automatic promotion on the final day of the campaign with a 7-0 win over already-relegated Scunthorpe United on Saturday afternoon.

The 19-year-old has taken to his first senior loan spell by storm and was credited as one of the driving forces behind Rovers’ immediate return to League One after he scored eight times and provided five assists in 21 appearances.

What the Premier League guidance said

While Anderson is in line to train with Eddie Howe’s first-team squad for the final few weeks of the campaign, NewcastleWorld has been advised by the Premier League that the Scotland under-21s international is not eligible for matches.

Their guidance read: “Other than the early recall of a goalkeeper in exceptional circumstances, no other player will be permitted to return outside of a window and play first team football.”

It is disappointing news for the youngster and Magpies supporters who are keen to get a look at arguably their brightest young prospect.

Although United are a bit light on bodies in midfield with Joe Willock (knee) and Jonjo Shelvey (knee) likely to miss the remainder of the campaign, “exceptional circumstances” won’t be granted as long as Bruno Guimaraes, Joelinton and Sean Longstaff remain fit.

United fans could see Anderson in action during pre-season before a decision is made on his future. A number of Championship clubs are understood to be keen on signing the midfielder on loan this summer.

Keep an eye on Jay Turner-Cooke

Meanwhile, an under-23s player who could get a rare opportunity before the season is out is Jay Turner-Cooke.

The teenager, who joined from local rivals Sunderland last year, travelled with Howe’s squad for the visit to Premier League champions Manchester City on Sunday.

Howe told NUFCTV: “His role was to see and experience Manchester City, and see an away game experience at one of the best teams in the world.

“So it would have done him the world of good to see him from afar and take it all in. I think he’s a real talent, a player with very good technical ability.

“With the injuries to Jonjo and Joe Willock, he’s close to playing. He was close to being involved, because we’re running out of midfielders. Those two players have injuries, and they’ll keep him out for the rest of the season.”

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