Monday, May 21, 2018

Macheda returns to Doncaster Rovers; Keane loan move to Wigan on hold

Doncaster Rovers have completed the signing of highly-rated Manchester United striker Federico 'Kiko' Macheda on a short-term loan deal.

Doncaster Rovers have completed the signing of highly-rated Manchester United striker Federico ‘Kiko’ Macheda on a short-term loan deal, according to the club’s official website,

Macheda, who joined United from Italian side S.S. Lazio in 2007, is best-known for scoring a sensational injury-time winner against Aston Villa on 5 April 2009, his professional debut.

The Italy youth international, 22, bagged three goals in five appearances in the Championship while on loan at Doncaster earlier this season, signalling interest from ‘six, seven, eight clubs,’ according to Donny boss Paul Dickov.

However, Macheda opted to rejoin the Vikings and is expected to start against Yeovil Town on Friday evening, much to the delight of the manager.

“I am delighted I have been able to convince Kiko to re-join us as it will add to our attacking options,” said Dickov.

“I would like to thank Manchester United and Kiko for choosing to come back here. I know that he was happy here and knows the set up well. His club and we were happy about his performances in the five games he appeared in, with a tally of 3 goals.

“I’m pleased the owners have allowed me to bolster our attack by bringing a quality proven striker into the squad.”

As previously mentioned, relegation-threatened Doncaster will host bottom-of-the-table Yeovil at the Keepmoat Stadium on Friday.

Doncaster (29/20)*; Yeovil (21/10); Draw (12/5)

*Friday’s Bet of the Day

Keane loan move to Wigan on hold

In other news, Manchester United have temporarily shelved Will Keane’s loan move to Wigan Athletic after the striker picked up a foot injury during training with the England Under-21s, Sky Sports understands.

Keane, 20, missed all of last season with a serious knee injury and United are being extra cautious, and rightfully so, while awaiting the results of his foot scans.

Now then, on-loan midfielder Nick Powell has been a revelation at the DW Stadium this term, tallying five goals and one assist in 14 appearances — including 11 starts — across all competitions.

Wigan manager Owen Coyle is looking forward to pair Powell with fellow United front-man Will Keane in the near future, with the Latics currently short of strike options.

“It is fair to say we have a verbal agreement with Manchester United regarding Will,” confirmed Coyle.

“He was away with the Under-21s this week and took a slight knock, so I spoke to David Moyes.

“Given the lad had a very serious injury we would always be guided by them in terms of when they think it is the right time for him to come out on loan.

“This week would probably be too soon but if the Manchester United doctor is happy with it, there is a possibility we could have that sorted by next week.”

Powell, who joined United from Crewe Alexandra in a deal reportedly worth up to £6 million in July 2012, is 15/8 to score at anytime against Brighton on Saturday.


Shawn Etemadi



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