By Alex Stevens

A Leeds player has had to cut short his loan spell at the club due to an eligibility issue, according to his cousin.

Dario Meadows’ relation Chris Meadows has revealed on Twitter that the 17-year-old midfielder is prevented from playing for the Yorkshire giants because of his age.

Responding to a question from a Leeds fans, he said on his personal Twitter account that Meadows “had to go back to Roma” as “the FA wouldn’t let him play before he was 18”.

Rumours began circling at the end of October that Meadows had left Elland Road and returned to Serie A big hitters Roma.

Mystery now surrounds the future of Meadows at Elland Road following the revelation from his cousin.

Meadows is due to turn 18 in January and it remains to be seen whether he will then immediately return to Yorkshire.

It was expected that he would play for both the under-21s and under-18s during his loan spell.

But Meadows was not named in the development sides, which suggested there was an issue that was not in the public domain.

There has been no official confirmation from Leeds about Meadows’ situation, or whether indeed he has temporarily returned to Italy.

Teenager Meadows is originally from Pembury in Kent but moved with his family to Italy as a young boy. He was then picked up by Roma and has flourished in Giallorossi’s youth set-up before he was capped by Italy at Under-16s level.

Meadows, who has both English and Italian passports, is set to switch nationalities and join the England set-up, where he is expected to be selected at Under-18s level.

In other Leeds news, Pontus Jansson has delivered a Twitter message ahead of the team’s clash against Newcastle.