NEWPORT County AFC have confirmed that striker Paul Hayes will not be able to play for the club until January due to "unforeseen challenges with registration regulations."

County manager Michael Flynn had indicated last week that the veteran front man could feature in tomorrow’s Checkatrade Trophy tie at home to Cheltenham Town (7.30pm).

But, after Saturday’s FA Cup first round win over League One Walsall, the Exiles boss revealed that the club has not received the International Transfer Certificate for Hayes.

“There’s been a problem with the ITC, so I’ve been told,” said Flynn.

“I’m waiting to find how long it’s going to take.

“We only found out late on Friday that there was a hold-up on it.

“But I really don’t know the full story but I’m sure the club will put something out [a statement] on Monday.”

And tonight the club have released a statement.

It reads: "The club can confirm that the registration of Paul Hayes as an EFL player for Newport County AFC has been delayed until January 2018 due to unforeseen challenges with registration regulations.

"The club has been liaising with the EFL in relation to the player’s registration, which cannot be formally processed until the opening of the transfer window in January.

"We are also aware that there are a number of other clubs who have had similar mid-season applications refused.

"The player’s contract has been amended to reflect the situation and he will maintain engagement with the club to ensure he is fit and available for selection from January."

South Wales Argus:

The 34-year-old was released by League Two rivals Wycombe Wanderers in August and signed for County on October 17 (above).

At the time Hayes was thought to be a free agent but a brief period at non-league Hemel Hempstead Town, where he did not make an appearance, appears to have put a spanner in the works.