Sheffield United: Baxter given the green light

Jose Baxter has been suspended for five months � copyright : Blades Sports Photography
Jose Baxter has been suspended for five months � copyright : Blades Sports Photography

Jose Baxter could be the subject of target testing for the next two years after the Football Association allowed him to resume training following a positive drugs test, writes James Shield.

Traces of a non-performance enhancing substance, which The Star understands was MDMA, were discovered in the Sheffield United midfielder’s system towards the end of last season.

But Baxter is free to train after part of that ban was suspended for two years

But Baxter is free to train after part of that ban was suspended for two years

Baxter, who denied any deliberate wrongdoing, was accompanied by manager Nigel Adkins and a Professional Footballers’ Association representative when he presented his case at Wembley five days ago.

The FA banned the 23-year-old for five months but, with part of that sentence suspended for two seasons, he is free to resume training immediately.

However, Baxter is expected to be closely monitored throughout that period.

A former Everton player, he has made nearly 100 appearances for United since leaving Oldham Athletic in August 2013.

Adkins, speaking earlier this month, also confirmed he has reminder every member of United’s squad about their responsibilities “going forward.”

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