Bambo Diaby is being investigated by the Football Association for a “potential anti-doping violation”, his club Barnsley have confirmed.
Several media outlets reported on Tuesday that the 22-year-old defender failed a drugs test in November.
A club statement said Diaby was “subject to a playing suspension whilst this matter is under investigation”.
The statement added: “The player and club are cooperating and responding directly with the FA.”
Diaby joined Barnsley from Belgian club KSC Lokeren for an undisclosed fee last summer, after agreeing a four-year contract.
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He did not feature in either of Barnsley’s past two Championship matches against Bristol City and Preston, with head coach Gerhard Struber telling BBC Radio Sheffield that the centre-back was suffering with a knee injury.
When asked about the reports that Diaby had failed a drugs test, Struber said: “The process is running, it’s not clear.
“I think there will be more information in the next week and now is not the right time to tell more.”
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