By Will Butcher
Former Everton attacker Jose Baxter has been banned from professional football for the second time in two years after failing a second drugs test.
The Sheffield United forward was banned in 2015 for five months after he was found to have consumed ecstasy.
Now, Sky Sports have claimed that Baxter has been banned for 12 months after testing positive for a banned substance, less than a year after finishing his first ban.
Baxter, who is known as a Liverpool fan, has struggled to keep on the straight and narrow. He was one of three men arrested in 2009 on suspicion of possession of cannabis and intent to supply.
The former England under-17 international made his Everton debut back in 2008 at just 16 years of age, becoming the fifth youngest Premier League player in history.
Baxter clocked up 14 appearances for the Toffees before moving permanently to League One side Oldham where he thrived on first-team football.
Operating as an attacking midfielder, Baxter scored 17 goals in all competitions during 15 encounters for the Latics, which in-turn provided a move to Sheffield United for around £500,000.
The versatile forward, who has scored 28 goals in 113 League and Cup games for the Blades, was also suspended in February but a reason wasn’t given by his club.
It remains to be seen whether Baxter will appeal the decision made by The Football Association, as he looks set to miss the entirety of the 2016-17 campaign.