Portsmouth’s call if Chaplin can face them

Barnsley are trying to hijack Conor Chaplin's move to Coventry. Picture: Joe Pepler
Barnsley are trying to hijack Conor Chaplin's move to Coventry. Picture: Joe Pepler
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CONOR CHAPLIN will not feature against Pompey for Coventry, unless he’s given permission to play.

The Blues would have to give clearance for the striker to line up against Kenny Jackett’s side at the Ricoh Arena on October 2.

Sky Blues’ boss Mark Robins yesterday stated Chaplin was allowed to line up against Pompey, following his move to the midlands.

The deal sees the 21-year-old join Robins’ side on loan until January, when it will convert to a permanent move.

Robins said Chaplin couldn’t play if the two sides met in a cup competition.

The News understands, however, the terms of the agreement mean Pompey hold the cards over whether the academy graduate can take part in the league clash.

In the Premier League, Lomana Lualua famously scored for Pompey against Newcastle in 2004, after signing a temporary deal.

That led to rule change in the top flight saying players couldn’t feature against their parent clubs.