By Daniel Feliciano

27th Dec, 2021 | 9:45am

Rule change means Maxwell Cornet can play against Leeds in January

Leeds have been given a new headache after a FIFA rule change means Burnley’s top scorer Maxwell Cornet will be available to play against them on January 2nd.

The Whites have seen their Tuesday fixture against Aston Villa postponed after the Boxing Day clash at Anfield was also called off due to a COVID-19 outbreak within their injury hit squad.

That means their next game will come in the new year, when they take on Burnley at Elland Road. But that game has been given a fresh twist after a FIFA rule change over the weekend.

Burnley’s top scorer Maxwell Cornet was expected to be part of the Ivory Coast squad for the Africa Cup of Nations tournament which starts on January 9th in Cameroon.

But a FIFA rule change means that Premier League clubs now don’t need to release their African stars until January 3rd, meaning Cornet will be eligible to face Leeds if selected by Sean Dyche for the game.

Blow for Leeds

With the form Marcelo Bielsa’s side are in right now, they need all the help they can get.

Having two games postponed is a blessing in disguise in order to get players fit and healthy again while resting too, but news that Burnley will be given the chance to use their top scorer won’t be welcomed with open arms.

Burnley have seen their last three games postponed but will be given the chance to gain some momentum when they face off against Manchester United on December 30th.

Leeds won’t be affected by the AFCON tournament as they don’t have any African players in their squad, so preparations for them shouldn’t be any different.

But Bielsa will now need to come up with a plan to stop Burnley’s danger man in a game he originally wasn’t supposed to be able to play in.

Considering he is known as a manager who pays attention to every little detail, this is likely to throw a spanner in the works.

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