Sheffield United booked their place in the Emirates FA Cup semi-final beating championship rivals Blackburn Rovers 3-2 at Bramall Lane on Sunday afternoon.
Tommy Doyle and James McAtee are both on season-long loans with the Yorkshire side, helping the club to second in the Championship and being a big part of the team that has secured a trip to Wembley in April.
The semi-final draw has dealt both Doyle and McAtee a cruel blow, with Manchester City coming out of the bag as their opponents.
Doyle scored a 92nd-minute beauty and put in a man-of-the-match display sending the Blades to their first Wembley semi-final since 2014.
OH MY WORD 🤯@Tommy_Doyle8 with a last-minute stunner for @SheffieldUnited 💥#EmiratesFACup pic.twitter.com/lum5BWgdyJ— Emirates FA Cup (@EmiratesFACup) March 19, 2023
However, the pair won’t be eligible for the semi-final because loan players aren’t allowed to compete against their parent clubs.
Paul Heckingbottom, Sheffield United manager, said they would see if anything can be done regarding the situation whilst talking to talkSPORT Breakfast.
“Listen, they’re Manchester City players; we know they’re cup-tied.
We all know how tough it is playing City at the best of times, but for those boys, we wanted them involved in this one.”
“Everyone knows the benefits of them playing [at Wembley],” Heckingbottom continued when questioned by Laura Woods.
“It’s the reason they’ve been sent out on loan, and I know [Manchester City] are really pleased with their progression.”
The FA Cup semi-finals will be held at Wembley Stadium across the weekend of Saturday 22nd, and Sunday, the 23rd of April.