Doumbia ready for Newcastle debut – in the U21s

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Seydou Doumbia is set to make his Newcastle United debut tonight.

The striker, signed on loan from AS Roma on transfer deadline day a week ago, is yet to play for his new club.

Doumbia was an unused substitute for Saturday’s 1-0 win over West Bromwich Albion, which was decided by a goal from Aleksandar Mitrovic.

But the 28-year-old will play in the Under-21 Premier League game against Stoke City, which has been moved to St James’s Park (7pm kick-off).

“We’ve got a game on Monday, so he’ll get some minutes,” said head coach Steve McClaren.

McClaren had been tempted to throw Doumbia – who had been on loan at CSKA Moscow – on against West Brom.

However, the Ivory Coast international hasn’t played for weeks because of the winter break in Russia.

And McClaren felt he would be better getting a run-out for Peter Beardsley’s side instead.

“He’s only trained a couple of days,” said McClaren.

“We wanted to throw him on, but kept Mitro on for the set-plays.”