Jose Cubero returns to Blackpool today – but he can’t join in training with his team-mates yet.
The Costa Rican midfielder has missed a whole month of pre-season training because of international duty at the Concacaf Gold Cup in Canada and the USA.
Cubero was due to arrive back on the Fylde coast this morning but will not be allowed to join up with new boss Neil McDonald’s squad until his new work visa has been rubberstamped.
Blackpool extended the 28-year-old’s contract for a second season but his work permit has be renewed.
Cubero’s application has been approved and accepted but he must travel to South Wales to complete the formalities.
Manager McDonald explained: “He is due back on Thursday but will then go to Cardiff to get his visa sorted.
“Once all that is done, he will be able to join up with us on Monday hopefully.”
It means Cubero will not have a chance to play a pre-season match with Pool’s much-changed squad, though he’s hardly out of practice after playing in all Costa Rica’s games in the Gold Cup – they reached the quarter-finals before bowing out to eventual winners Mexico.
Cubero’s future had been in doubt all summer, after he was interviewed on the other side of the Atlantic and apparently expressed a wish to play at a higher level than League One.
But no new deal materialised and McDonald is delighted to welcome him back.
The Pool boss said: “He’s been given extra days off as he’s been away with his national team, and hopefully he’s raring to go like the rest of the lads are.
“He just needs to get to know the lads as there have been a lot of changes since he was last here.
“He also needs to learn
the tempo we have been playing and training at, but he’ll get there quicker than normal as he’s been training all summer.”