Gael Bigirimana set to return for Newcastle United

PUSHING BOUNDARIES ... Alan Pardew.
PUSHING BOUNDARIES ... Alan Pardew.
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GAEL Bigirimana will make his seasonal debut for Newcastle United tonight.

The midfielder is in Willie Donachie’s squad for tonight’s U21 Premier League game against Reading at the Madejski Stadium (7pm kick-off).

Bigirimana hasn’t featured for Alan Pardew’s side since reporting back for pre-season training last month.

The 19-year-old was given an extended holiday after his involvement with England’s summer Under-20 World Cup campaign.

New signing Olivier Kemen is also in United’s squad, as is goalkeeper Jak Alnwick, who suffered a shin injury in Newcastle’s friendly against Gateshead earlier this month.

SQUAD: Alnwick, Mitchell, Sterry, Streete, Booth, Good, Gillesphey, Logan, Kemen, Miele, Bigirimana, Campbell, Armstrong, Quinn, Gilliead, Heardman.