On Friday night, Newcastle United have confirmed that they have had special permission to play Chancel Mbemba in Saturday’s friendly against Borussia Monchengladbach.

The central defender is expected to complete his working visa in the coming week but the club say that they have received the ‘necessary permissions’ for the former Anderlecht defender to start tomorrow.

With Newcastle’s central defence having looked shambolic pre season, both Steve McClaren and the fans will be hoping Mbemba can hit the ground running and quickly make the step up to the Premier League.

Time has quickly ran out in terms of United’s pre season preparations but let’s hope that the plan is coming together ahead of Southampton in nine days time.

NUFC Official Club Statement

Chancel Mbemba Granted Permission to play against Borussia Monchengladbach

Newcastle United are pleased to confirm that due to the nature of the fixture tomorrow (Saturday, 1st August) it has obtained the necessary permissions in order for Chancel Mbemba to be involved in the squad to face Borussia Monchengladbach.

The Club would like to thank Anderlecht for their co-operation in this matter.

The player has an appointment overseas midweek to make his formal visa application, which we expect to be issued in order that he can be available for selection for the Club’s first game of the Premier League season.