New Brexit regulations have slowed down the process for midfielder Madger Gomes to make his debut for Crewe Alexandra.
The former Doncaster, Leeds and Liverpool man signed a new two-year deal with the club on deadline day - but now has to wait for government EU settlement guidelines to be met.
Having played and lived in the United Kingdom, the process will be straight forward, but the club have to wait for the required clearance before Gomes can feature at any level.
David Artell told the club’s official website: “With Madger, it is just EU settlement home office stuff. There has been a delay over the paperwork and that is all down to new Brexit rules and regulations.
He added: “We just have to wait for all that to be finalised and for it to come through. There should be no problem with that and we hope it will be resolved soon. It is just red tape and we are working hard on it.”