Kevin Keegan will finally give a run out over French Metz trialist Sebastien Bassong today, as Newcastle take on Doncaster Rovers at the Keepmoat Stadium at 3:00 pm today.
Sebastien Bassong – big chance today at center-back
The 22-year-old 6’1″ Metz defender will line-up alongside Claudio Cacapa, in the center of the Newcastle defense this afternoon, with Steven Taylor and Jose Enrique completing the back four.
New boy Danny Guthrie is handed his first start for Newcastle, after his heroics of last Saturday, and Cameroon International Geremi returns from his extended break to captain the side, in the absence of Michael Owen.
A nice touch from Kevin Keegan, for the former Newcastle club captain.
Shola Ameobi, who is not expected to be at the club come the end of August, partners Alan Smith in attack, in the absence of Oba Martins, whose mother was tragically killed earlier in the week.
20 year-old Dutch goalkeeper is named among the substitutes and is expected to play the last 30 minutes of the game, and should get a good welcome from the traveling Toon Army.
Doncaster Rovers team to follow:
Newcastle United: Steve Harper, Steven Taylor, Claudio Cacapa, Sebastien Bassong, Jose Enrique, Damien Duff, Danny Guthrie, Geremi (c), Charles N’Zogbia, Shola Ameobi, Alan Smith
Subs: David Edgar, Frank Wiafe Danquah, Ben Tozer, Callum Morris, Tim Krul, Mark Doninger, Ryan Donaldson, Jonny Godsmark