Cheshire Jets centre Matt Schneck has been handed a three-month ban after failing a drugs test. But the length of the suspension means that the American will make his BBL return in February.

Schneck learnt the news following a hearing of UK Anti-Doping which heard evidence surrounding a routine inspection which found the banned substance Methylhexaneamine (MHA) in his system.

The American, who was immediately hit with a provisional suspension, presented evidence that he had ingested the substance through a supplement, Jack3D.

However the Jets have pledged to stand by the rookie rather than bringing in an overseas replacement. And club director Peter Hawkins confirmed that Schneck is likely to make his comeback against Guildford Heat on February 20.

“Matt is the first athlete in the world to receive a ban of less than 4 months which is testimony to his level of ignorance when allowing the MHA to enter his body, the level of diligence he has shown in attempting to ensure he doesn’t fall foul of any anti doping legislation and the integrity he has shown throughout the process,” Hawkins said.

“We look forward to welcoming Matt back into the Jets team once his ban expires.”

Several other athletes, including two South African rugby union stars, have also recently fallen foul of tests for MHA.

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