Doncaster Rovers v Newcastle United with minimum 9 players missing as 3,000+ fans travel
It is Doncaster Rovers v Newcastle United tonight.
Steve Bruce and his players travelling to the Keepmoat Stadium for a 7pm kick-off in their next friendly, with over 3,000 fans travelling down in the first official NUFC away following in 16 months.
This follows a really poor performance that ended in a 1-0 defeat to sixth tier York City on Sunday.
Doncaster Rovers finished fourteenth in League One last season but it remains to be seen just how strong a team they can put out.
A large number of first team players have been self isolating and only returned to training on Thursday (yesterday), in their absence manager Richie Wellens (pictured above) having to use a large number of trialists in recent friendlies.
As for Newcastle United, it appears they will be relying on these 18 first team squad members: Ciaran Clark, Paul Dummett, Federico Fernandez, Ryan Fraser, Dwight Gayle, Isaac Hayden, Jeff Hendrick, Joelinton, Jamaal Lascelles, Jamal Lewis, Matty Longstaff, Sean Longstaff, Javier Manquillo, Jacob Murphy, Yoshinori Muto, Matt Ritchie, Allan Saint-Maximin, Callum Wilson
Whilst in goal, 20 year old Dan Langley is set to stand in once again with all four senior keepers unavailable.
Younger players Kelland Watts, Max Thompson, Will Brown, Tom Allan, Oisín McEntee and Jack Young have all been training with the first team squad this week in advance of tonight’s match.
Definitely ruled out of this Doncaster Rovers v Newcastle United clash:
Karl Darlow – Currently isolating for ten days after testing positive for Covid.
Mark Gillespie – Self isolating as a close contact with Darlow.
Freddie Woodman – Self isolating as a close contact with Darlow.
Jonjo Shelvey – Calf injury and could miss start of season.
Martin Dubravka – After surgery for a broken metatarsal looks sure to miss the start of the 2021/22 season.
Miguel Almiron – Recovering from a hamstring injury and having extended break after international commitments this summer.
Fabian Schar – Having extended break after international commitments this summer.
Emil Krafth – Having extended break after international commitments this summer.
Elliot Anderson – Has been forced to rest for four weeks (The Mail) to try and shake off a hip injury.
Newcastle United pre-season friendlies:
Sunday 18 July – York City 1 Newcastle 0
Sunday 18 July Harrogate Town 2 Newcastle 1 (This was originally a first team fixture with some Under 23 added but it became solely a Under 23 NUFC players after Karl Darlow tested positive for Covid and first team and Under 23s had to be kept apart)
Friday 23 July – Doncaster Rovers away (7pm)
Tuesday 27 July – Rotherham United away (7pm)
Friday 30 July – Burton Albion away (7.45pm)
Saturday 7 August – Norwich home (2pm)