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Doncaster Rovers vs Newcastle United – Preview

Rovers welcome a second North East club to the Keepmoat in as many games as the magpies of Newcastle head south for this fixture. Both sides tasted the bitter disappointment of relegation last season, and there will be a plethora of new faces on both team sheets for this one.

Darren Ferguson got to see his new-look defence tested for the first time in a 2-0 defeat to Premier League new boys Middlesbrough on Saturday, Tyler Garratt starting at left back with youth team prospect Reece Fielding also featuring. Thus far, the manager has been trying out the diamond formation in midfield with Tommy Rowe at the point, whilst Riccardo Calder impressed on the left hand side as a half time substitute against Boro.

The midfield is still missing Paul Keegan due to a minor injury, but centre half Joe Wright could be available to make his first appearance in the hoops on Wednesday night, as could Luke McCullough fresh off his enlightening trip to Ibiza following the European Championships.

It should be another good crowd after nearly 3,000 turned up to catch a glimpse of former Barcelona superstar Victor Valdes, although they instead had to make do with George Friend and Mustapha Carayol, and the star names keep on coming as Rafa Benitez, one of the biggest managers in world football, brings his big guns to the Keepmoat.

Matt Ritchie scored a superb debut goal in a friendly with Bohemians of Ireland at the weekend, and fellow new signing Dwight Gayle was also on the score sheet. There were also goals for Dutch international Gini Wijnaldum and tricky winger Rolando Aarons, although Aarons went off injured soon after netting and is a doubt for this game.

Adam Stubbings

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