Why is Miguel Almiron not playing for Newcastle, and when can £20m man make his Magpies debut?

The Paraguayan helped Atlanta United to MLS Cup glory last year, but will now have to wait to make his mark in the Premier League.

Why is Miguel Almiron not playing for Newcastle?

Almiron will not take part in Newcastle's visit to Wembley to face Tottenham due to not having a visa to work in the United Kingdom.

With the midfielder born outside of the EU, he is not automatically guaranteed a work permit.

But have no Magpies' fans, as this is a mere formality, with Almiron's international experience, transfer fee and significant salary all meaning he will acquire one quite easily.

The 12-time Paraguay international must receive a Governing Body Endorsement from the Football Association and to pass it onto the Home Office before he can earn the right to work in the country.

He must then head to Europe to pick up his European Union work permit, before he can even begin training, let alone play.

When can he make his debut?

With Almiron's visa and work permit issues expected to be sorted out in the coming days, the Paraguayan midfielder is likely to meet up and train with his new team-mates at the beginning of next week.

This will mean he will be eligible to make his Magpies debut on February 11 against Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Yet, Almiron will have to wait until February 23 before he can step out onto the St James' Park turf for the first time when they welcome Huddersfield Town.

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