Queens Park Rangers midfielder Sandro has been ruled out of the club’s relegation do-or-die battle with Manchester City on Sunday afternoon.
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The club have released a statement confirming the Brazil international’s non-participation following information from the Home Office confirming that there is an issue with the player’s residency visa.
The statement reads: “In response to an article which was published by today’s Sunday Mirror, the club can confirm it was informed by the Home Office on Thursday 7 May that there is an issue with Sandro’s UK residency visa.
“The club are working with Sandro and the Home Office to resolve the issue as quickly as possible. While this is ongoing, the club have been advised not to select Sandro for match involvement.
“The club will be making no further comment at this time.”
It is believed that the expiry date on Sandro’s UK permit has expired, according to the Mirror, and while the Hoops had attempted to resolve the problem in order for him to compete against City, their efforts have been in vain.
The news comes as a further blow for Chris Ramsey’s beleaguered outfit.
The West Londoners begin the day at the foot of the Premier League table, and only a victory over City can help them avoid the same fate as their relegation rivals Burnley. Sean Dyches’s side beat Hull City on Saturday, but results elsewhere condemned them to a speedy return to the Championship.