City can confirm that Nigel de Jong will not be available for selection for the UEFA Cup this season.
UEFA rules stipulate that a club can register a maximum of three new players in the January transfer window, and so it was decided that Craig Bellamy, Shay Given and Wayne Bridge would be the new signings included in the squad list submitted at the end of Sunday, February 1st.
One player who has already played in the Champions League for another club this season is also allowed to play in the UEFA Cup, which meant that Bridge got the nod over the former Hamburg SV midfielder.
Confirming the decision, Mark Hughes says: "There are only so many you are allowed to bring in, so we have had a look at it and Nigel won’t be involved. It will be Craig, Wayne and Shay that we were allowed to add.
"We looked at Nigel, but with the cover we have in his area with Vincent and also Pablo that’s what we have gone with.
"We’re hopeful of carrying on in the UEFA Cup, and it would be great to progress further into the latter stages."
One issue! I was led to believe that if the player you signed in the January window was already registered in Europe, which i presume De jong was with Hamburg SV, then he couldn't be re -registered with another club. I can't see how he could be involved at all. Wayne Bridge can be included, because he has been registered in Champions league so is allowed to be registered for Uefa. I presumed this wouldn't come as a shock and more as the presumed.